Virtual Course In Arabic: Fiscal Policy Analysis in the context of COVID-19 Pandemic (FPAv)

September 21st to October 7th, 2020


Course Description:


The course is presented jointly between IMF - Middle East Center for Econonics and Finance (CEF), And Arab Monetary Fund (AMF).


The COVID-19 pandemic and the economic contraction it triggered is putting enormous pressures on public finances. The impact is compounded in oil-exporting countries due to a sharp decline in oil prices. The severity of the shock will likely result in a temporary large deterioration in the fiscal accounts and an increase in public debt levels.


The course provides an overview of the fiscal policy tools that governments have used to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on households and firms and their potential implications on macroeconomic stability and sustainable long-term growth.  This hands-on course is built around the core macro-fiscal topics needed to assess the role of fiscal policy in macroeconomic management. The learning units include general empirical findings, Microsoft Excel-based workshops, case studies, and selected topics of regional interest.