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Financial Sector » General Government finance - General government structural balance in % of potential GDP

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Singapore is the top country by general government structural balance (% of potential GDP) in the world. As of 2016, general government structural balance (% of potential GDP) in Singapore was 3.4 %. The top 5 countries also includes Greece, Grenada, Hong Kong, and Bulgaria.

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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.