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Works: 986 works in 1,563 publications in 2 languages and 18,917 library holdings
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The IMF's statistical systems in context of revision of the United Nations' A system of national accounts by International Monetary Fund( )

8 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 1,188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume contains a selection of papers presented at three expert group meetings sponsored by the Fund in 1987-88 for the revision of the SNA. These meetings dealt with issues in the balance of payments, government finance, and monetary statistics and were part of a sequence of expert group meetings organised by the interested international organizations to oversee the revision process. The papers place the Fund's statistical methodlogies in the context of revision of the SNA and explain the contribution that the Fund has made, and can make, to the process of hamonization
Government finance statistics manual 2001 by International Monetary Fund( )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Manual, which updates the first edition published in 1986, is a major advance in the standards for compilation and presentation of fiscal statistics. It is intended as a reference volume for compilers of government finance statistics, fiscal analysts, and other users of fiscal data. The Manual introduces accrual accounting, balance sheets, and complete coverage of government economic and financial activities. It covers concepts, definitions, classifications, and accounting rules, and provides a comprehensive framework for analysis, planning, and policy determination. To the extent possible, the Manual has been harmonized with the System of National Accounts 1993
Statistical capacity building : case studies and lessons learned by Thomas K Morrison( )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

IMF technical assistance provided by the Statistics Department, toward assisting IMF member countries in developing the ability to provide reliable and comparable economic and financial data on a timely basis to policymakers and markets, has increased more than fourfold over the past decade. This assistance has proven critical in countries' building their statistical capacity so as to come into line with international data standards in an increasingly globalized and electronically interconnected world. Here are presented four case studies drawn from experience in three countries in transition to the market, two of which were also in postconflict situations, in the 1990s and early 2000s: Cambodia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ukraine. Issues of setting, institutional and statistical arrangements, strategies, and implementation are examined, and lessons drawn.--Publisher's description
On the Extrapolation with the Denton Proportional Benchmarking Method by Tommaso Di Fonzo( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Statistical offices have often recourse to benchmarking methods for compiling quarterly national accounts (QNA). Benchmarking methods employ quarterly indicator series (i) to distribute annual, more reliable series of national accounts and (ii) to extrapolate the most recent quarters not yet covered by annual benchmarks. The Proportional First Differences (PFD) benchmarking method proposed by Denton (1971) is a widely used solution for distribution, but in extrapolation it may suffer when the movements in the indicator series do not match consistently the movements in the target annual benchma
Uruguay : Report on the Observance of Standards and Codes--Data Module by International Monetary Fund( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This Report on the Observance of Standards and Codes (ROSC) - Data Module is a reassessment of the exercise conducted in 1999-mid-2000, which was based on information collected during a November 1999 mission and used the dimensional structure of the first July 2000 draft version of IMF's Data Quality Assessment Framework (DQAF). This reassessment covers national accounts, and consumer (CPI) and producer price indices (PPI). The Uruguayan agencies that compile and disseminate these datasets are: the Central Bank of Uruguay (CBU) for national accounts and the National Institute of Statistics (NIS) for the CPI and PPI. This Report is the first data ROSC based on the 2012 version of the DQAF, which assesses data quality against the relevant statistical standards current in 2012, including the System of National Accounts 2008 (2008 SNA), the Consumer Price Index Manual 2004 (CPI Manual), and the Producer Price Index Manual 2004 (PPI Manual). The Report contains the following main observations. Following the 1999 data ROSC mission,1 Uruguay made significant improvements in statistical compilation and dissemination of the statistics covered by this ROSC - Data Module. The progress achieved allowed Uruguay to subscribe to the Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS) on February 12, 2004. Since its SDDS subscription, Uruguay has been in observance of the SDDS, meeting the specifications for coverage, periodicity, timeliness, and the dissemination of advance release calendars. In the last (2011) SDDS annual report on observance, Uruguay met the SDDS requirements for timeliness with episodic exceptions for some data categories. Uruguay exceeds the SDDS timeliness requirements for labor market (employment, unemployment, and wages/earnings), price (consumer prices and producer prices), and international investment position data. Currently, Uruguay is using two regular timeliness flexibility options for general government operations and central government operations; additionally, it is using an "as relevant" timeliness provision for analytical accounts of the banking sector for countries with extensive branch banking systems. No flexibility options are being used regarding real sector statistics. Appendix I provides an overview of Uruguay's dissemination practices for real sector statistics compared to the SDDS"--Abstract
What do remittances do? : analyzing the private remittance transmission mechanism in El Salvador by Luis René Cáceres( )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Family remittances are important for El Salvador's economy. This paper analyzes the impact of remittances on El Salvador's economy and the spillover effects on the other Central American countries. A vector autoregression (VAR) model is formulated, consisting of real and monetary variables. The results suggest that in, El Salvador, remittances lead to decreases in economic activity, international reserves, and money supply and increases in the interest rate, imports, and consumer prices. This underscores the need for reorienting economic policy in El Salvador to promote the use of remittances in capital formation activities to maximize the benefit of remittances
IMF data standards initiatives : a consultative approach to enhancing global data transparency by Anne Y Kester( )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the IMF launched the data standards initiatives a decade ago, 145 of its 184 member countries have participated. This 80 percent participation rate reaffirms the importance countries place on data transparency in the globalized economy, which the initiatives promote. The wide participation can be attributed to the consultative process that has allowed for the development of a coherent program that takes account of countries' capabilities, delineates clear responsibilities between the IMF and participating countries, and establishes effective monitoring procedures to ensure the credibility of the standards for policymakers, capital markets, and the general public. The approach has also provided checks and balances and fostered accountability. The initiatives may provide insights for the promotion of similar international standards
Excessive lending, leverage, and risk-taking in the presence of bailout expectations by Andréas Georgiou( )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The financial crisis that began in 2007 has brought to the fore the issues of excesses in lending, leverage, and risk-taking as some of the fundamental causes of this crisis. At the same time, in dealing with the financial crisis there have been large scale interventions by governments, often referred to as bailouts of the lenders. This paper presents a framework where rational economic agents engage in ex ante excessive lending, borrowing, and risk-taking if creditors assign a positive probability to being bailed out. The paper also offers some thoughts on policy implications. It argues that it would be most productive for the long run if lending institutions were not bailed out. If the continuing existence of an institution was deemed essential, assistance should take the form of capital injections that dilute the equity of existing owners
Some principles for development of statistics for a Gulf Cooperation Council currency union by Russell C Krueger( )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looking ahead to the creation of a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Currency Union in 2010, the paper covers some implications for the statistical programs of the GCC countries. Despite uncertainty over the structure of the proposed union, the paper envisions several types of mutually reinforcing statistics-convergence criteria, statistics on the core policy variables and instruments, additional macroeconomic data, specialized statistics related to the economic and institutional conditions within the union, and public information. Major changes to national statistical programs are needed that should begin soon
Providing official statistics for the common market and monetary union in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries : a case for "Gulfstat" by Abdulrahman K. L Al-Mansouri( )

7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates (UAE)-have laid out a path to a common market by 2007 and monetary union by 2010, based on economic convergence. To monitor convergence and support economic and monetary policy, comparable economic data for member countries and data for the region as a whole will be essential. What is the most efficient way to produce these data? The authors survey the statistical institutions in the GCC countries and present the case for creating "Gulfstat"--A regional statistical agency to operate within a "Gulf States System of Statistics." Valuable lessons can be learned from regional statistical organization in Africa and the European Union-Afristat and Eurostat
Core inflation measures and statistical issues in choosing among them by M. S Silver( )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper provides an overview of statistical measurement issues relating to alternative measures of core inflation, and the criteria for choosing among them. The approaches to measurement considered include exclusion-based methods, imputation methods, limited influence estimators, reweighting, and economic modeling. Criteria for judging which approach to use include credibility, control, deviations from a smoothed reference series, volatility, predictive ability, causality and cointegration tests, and correlation with money supply. Country practice can differ in how the approaches are implemented and how their appropriateness is assessed. There is little consistency in the results of country studies to readily suggest guidelines on accepted methods
The General Data Dissemination System (GDDS) : a reflection on its first 12 years and plans for taking it forward by Charles Enoch( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The paper reviews the developments in the last 12 years that have influenced the evolution of the IMF's General Data Dissemination System, leading to reforms to enhance its role. The GDDS itself is part of a broader IMF Data Standards Initiative launched in 1996 to help address macroeconomic data deficiencies, which contributed to the emerging economies' financial crisis during the early 1990s. The review takes stock of the experience with statistical technical assistance provided to member countries and the ongoing reforms, within and outside the IMF, to strengthen the GDDS. Such reforms are particularly relevant in the context of the ongoing economic and financial crisis, which once again underscores the role of statistics in guiding policymakers to strengthen defenses against future crises
Using the balance sheet approach in surveillance : framework and data sources and availability by Johan Mathisen( )

7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recent improvements in statistical methodologies and data availability are facilitating detailed, high-frequency, timely macroeconomic balance sheet analysis. This paper provides practical instruction on how to design the framework to analyze vulnerabilities in a country as well as an overview of data sources that can be employed for this analysis. The paper also discusses how these new datasets are enhancing surveillance activities related to balance sheet vulnerabilities
Why are the G-20 Data Gaps Initiative and the SDDS Plus Relevant for Financial Stability Analysis? by Robert M Heath( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the wake of the recent global crisis the international community is giving an increased focus on stability of the financial system, so-called financial stability analysis. With the increasing need for data sets to undertake this analysis, the question naturally arises as to what types of data are needed? While various data initiatives are underway, two initiatives at the forefront are: (1) the IMF/FSB G-20 Data Gaps Initiative (DGI) created by the international statistical community and endorsed by the G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors as well as the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee, and (2) the new Special Data Dissemination Standard Plus (SDDS Plus), aimed particularly at economies with systemically important financial sectors. This paper explains the relevance of the DGI for financial stability analysis and the close link with the SDDS Plus. The importance of the SDDS Plus in promoting the dissemination to the public of a core set of data for financial stability analysis is emphasized
Quarterly GDP Revisions in G-20 Countries: Evidence from the 2008 Financial Crisis by Manik L Shrestha( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This paper presents a statistical analysis of revisions in quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) of the Group of Twenty countries (G-20) since 2000. The main objective is to assess whether the reliability of early estimates of quarterly GDP has been weakened from the turmoil of the 2008 financial crisis. The results indicate that larger and more downward revisions were observed during the years 2008 and 2009 than in previous years"--Page 2 of pdf
Stock-flow adjustments, government's integrated balance sheet and fiscal transparency by Mike Seiferling( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This paper re-examines the stock-flow discrepancies of government debt and deficits and correlation with fiscal transparency. Applying the fully integrated relationship between financial stocks and flows allows for a more refined analysis of the deterministic components that make up the 'stock-flow' residual. Using partial measures of these stock-flow residuals, several empirical studies have found them to be significantly correlated with fiscal transparency, inflation, fiscal rules, and banking crisis. Using fully integrated public finance data from the IMF Government Finance Statistics Yearbook for a sample of 22 countries, the findings in this paper suggest that stock-flow residuals have a significantly smaller magnitude than previously assumed and are, in fact, not correlated with fiscal transparency. A stronger determinant of fiscal transparency scores appears to be the actual reporting of fiscal data covering general government, especially a full financial balance sheet"--Abstract
Recent Improvements to the Government Finance Statistics Yearbook Database in Response to Analytical Needs by Mike Seiferling( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The demand for high quality detailed public finance statistics covering a globally representative sample of countries has increased dramatically during the recent financial crisis. Due to the complexity of public finance statistics, however, such data tend to be either available in oversimplified high level aggregates and lacking in methodological transparency, or, available with a great level of detail and a unified methodological approach yet overly complicated to understand. The IMF's Government Finance Statistics Yearbook (GFSY) with data over an almost 40 year period for almost 140 countries is a valuable database but with a complex structure requiring some specialty knowledge that most data users do not have. The IMF's Statistics Department embarked on several initiatives to improve its accessibility. The purpose of this paper is to provide a non-technical overview of the methodology and advantages of the GFSY database and discussion of how the database is improving to better meet the needs of the user community
Statistical implications of inflation targeting : getting the right numbers and getting the numbers right by Charles Enoch( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book brings together the experience of central banks and national statistical agencies in countries that focus their monetary policy on inflation targets. Inflation targeting has led to a close interface between these two sets of institutions. When the performance of a central bank is measured in terms of specified price indices, which are usually compiled and disseminated by the national statistical agency, the role of national statistical agencies becomes central to the credibility of monetary policy. Data needs and uses have also shifted, with implications for national and international statistics compilation: market data have gained in importance; less emphasis is placed on traditional monetary aggregates; and greater attention is paid to timeliness, adherence to sound economic accounting standards, and other aspects of data quality
Balance of payments statistics newsletters( )

and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The system of macroeconomic accounts statistics : an overview by International Monetary Fund( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Designed to meet the basic needs of economists and statisticians, this pamphlet is unique in providing an explanation of the key principles underlying macroeconomic statistics when viewed as an integrated system. It highlights the interrelationships between the various sectors and provides a bridge linking the various macroeconomic accounts statistics-national accounts, balance of payments, government finance statistics, and monetary and financial statistics-to assist the reader in understanding the main concepts underlying these statistics. It does so by simplifying many of the concepts, explaining common features and differences, showing how the four key statistical areas harmonize, and providing examples to demonstrate the practical application and uses of the concepts within the conceptual framework. The pamphlet completely updates Pamphlet No. 29, Macroeconomic Accounts: An Overview, by Poul Hølst-Madsen, which was published in 1985
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The IMF's statistical systems in context of revision of the United Nations' A system of national accounts
Government finance statistics manual 2001Statistical capacity building : case studies and lessons learnedStatistical implications of inflation targeting : getting the right numbers and getting the numbers right
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