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Financial Sector » General Government finance - General government structural balance in current LCU

(billion LCU)

Republic of Korea is the top country by general government structural balance in the world. As of 2016, general government structural balance in Republic of Korea was 10,690 billion LCU that accounts for -1.57 % of the world's general government structural balance. The top 5 countries (others are Thailand, Hong Kong, Germany, and Singapore) account for -1.60 % of it. The world's total general government structural balance was estimated at -679,112 billion LCU in 2016.

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The structural budget balance refers to the general government cyclically adjusted balance adjusted for nonstructural elements beyond the economic cycle. These include temporary financial sector and asset price movements as well as one-off, or temporary, revenue or expenditure items. The cyclically adjusted balance is the fiscal balance adjusted for the effects of the economic cycle; see, for example, A. Fedelino. A. Ivanova and M. Horton "Computing Cyclically Adjusted Balances and Automatic Stabilizers" IMF Technical Guidance Note No. 5, http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/tnm/2009/tnm0905.pdf.