Despite a growing global consensus about the need for reform of costly and environmentally damaging energy price subsidies, many countries remain resistant. This column takes stock of recent developments in the context of a database of diesel prices. Environmental concerns seem to play a role in driving reform, but most reforming countries have been facing large fiscal imbalances.
Emine HanedarInternational Monetary Fund
Emine Hanedar is an Economist at the Fiscal Affairs Department in the IMF. Her work to date covers a wide range of macro and fiscal policy issues in particular in the area of fiscal adjustment, public debt (sustainability), public spending, tax policy, inequality and energy subsidy reform. Prior to the IMF, Emine worked for the Dutch Ministry of Finance for seven years.