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Macroeconomic Statistics

Institutional Sector Accounts-Advanced (ISA-A)


Session No.: CT 24.09

Location: Beijing, China

Date: June 17-28, 2024 (2 weeks)

Delivery Method: In-person Training

Primary Language: English

Interpretation Language: Chinese

    Target Audience

    Officials whose main responsibility is compiling national accounts, including financial accounts statistics and balance of payments statistics (specifically responsible for the sectoral accounts, household distribution accounts and accounts on a from-whom-to-whom basis), who are employed by national statistical agencies and central banks.

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    Participants are expected to have a degree in economics or statistics, or equivalent experience.

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    Course Description

    This course, presented by Statistics Department, is based on the conceptual framework of the 2008 System of National Accounts (2008 SNA). It covers advanced methodological and practical issues related to the compilation of the sequence of accounts of the SNA (current and capital accounts, financial accounts, other changes in volume of assets accounts, revaluation accounts, and balance sheets) by institutional sectors. The course also examines the linkages between institutional sectors as a basis for establishing from-whom-to-whom accounts. The aim of the course is to provide participants with the necessary skills to compile—or further enhance—their country’s institutional sector accounts and the balance sheets. The course consists of lectures covering conceptual and methodological issues, workshops sessions on practical compilation issues, discussions on emerging financial issues such as fintech and crypto assets. It reviews case studies involving new applications of ISA such as household distributions to examine income, consumption and wealth accumulation by various cohorts and intergenerational transfers and pensions. The myriad ways in which the ISA supports economic policy is also examined. The lectures provide a thorough review of the methodological framework, concepts, and definitions relating to sectoral institutional sector accounts and balance sheets, examine potential data sources for the compilation of annual and quarterly ISA, and illustrate possible compilation techniques and procedures. The course also provides a forum for participants to share country practices and experiences relating to the compilation of sectoral institutional accounts and balance sheets.

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    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

    • Develop from-whom-to-whom financial flow and balance sheet accounts;
    • Construct household distributional tables;
    • Understand the link between financial and non-financial statistics to develop an integrated approach to compiling data on financial economic activities, financial transactions, and balance sheets by institutional sector;
    • Analyze the ISA through a from-whom-to-whom lens in recognition of the counterparties that exist as party to transactions within the accounts;
    • Apply the acquired knowledge on concepts and methodology to identify data gaps as well as strengths and weaknesses in existing data;
    • Explain to policymakers the importance and relevance of compiling ISA and balance sheets for the analysis of economic and financial developments.
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