Indonesia’s Fiscal Policy in the Aftermath of the Pandemic

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Elan Satriawan, Abdurohman

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Abstract

The post-Covid-19 global economic landscape has yielded complex challenges. Given bleaker global growth prospects, moderating commodity prices and a higher cost of borrowing, the Indonesian government took a conservative approach to fiscal policy by narrowing the budget deficit to ease the financing pressures. Meanwhile, the central bank, Bank Indonesia, implemented contractionary monetary policy by raising the reserve requirement and policy rates. Weaker global demand, along with limited policy support, contributed to a decrease in economic growth, from 5.3% in 2022 to 5.0% in 2023. The government’s conservative approach in 2023 helped produce a surplus in the primary balance, a narrower budget deficit and a lower government–debt ratio. Nonetheless, much is to be done, as more development is needed to encourage long-term growth while revenue collection has been relatively low. Improvement in tax policy and administration will be crucial to allow the government to collect more revenue, including a comprehensive review of tax incentives and exemptions. The efficacy of spending also needs to be further improved by consistently reforming energy subsidisation, reallocating spending to growth areas, better aligning local development policies with the national position, and better targeting poverty-alleviation programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-33
Number of pages33
JournalBulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies
Volume60
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Keywords

  • fiscal policy
  • Indonesian economy
  • national budget
  • social protection
  • tax reforms

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