Manuals on Macroeconomic Statistics: A Stocktaking to Guide Future Work


Carol S Carson ; Lucie Laliberté

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November 1, 2001

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Over the last decade, a number of methodological manuals on macroeconomic datasets were produced by the international community. For a number of reasons, these manuals could be viewed as fragmented, disconnected, and branching in various directions. This paper groups by topics and broad classifications a critical mass (some 40) of manuals that have been published since 1993 or that are nearing completion. Viewing the manuals in an integrated framework prompts a reflection with four broad types of issues to be addressed for future work: awareness and accessibility of the manuals; their relevance; the need for further harmonization, and the need for updating procedures.


Working Paper No. 2001/183



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November 1, 2001



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