Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/87599
Authors: 
Shymanovich, Gleb
Kruk, Dmitrij
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
CASE Network Reports 102
Abstract: 
The paper deals with the impact of the global financial crisis on public service delivery - mainly education and healthcare - in Belarus. The pre-crisis period of 2003-2008 was the most prosperous in recent history. These trends resulted in a pretty good fiscal performance. Nevertheless, the share of expenditures on education and healthcare in GDP was decreasing during the 2000s, which was a consequence of demographic trends and a number of reforms in these sectors. The global crisis hurt the Belarusian economy considerably. However, macro-indicators of the Belarusian economy looked pretty good in comparison to other countries, and the deterioration of public finance was limited. Thus, expenditures on both education and healthcare were mainly part of long-term trends and were able to avoid shock adjustments during the crisis. However, there are a number of medium and long-term threats to these public service sectors associated with the crisis agenda. This paper provides a number of policy recommendations to stave off these threats.
Subjects: 
Fiscal policy
Belarus
Education financing
Health financing
Global economic crisis
JEL: 
E62
H50
H51
H52
I18
I22
ISBN: 
978-83-7178-545-0
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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