Nowcashing: Using Daily Fiscal Data for Real-Time Macroeconomic Analysis

Author/Editor:

Florian Misch ; Brian Olden ; Marcos Poplawski-Ribeiro ; Lamya Kejji

Publication Date:

November 6, 2017

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Traditionally, fiscal data for policy analysis are derived from official reports that, depending on the country, are published either monthly, quarterly or annually, often with significant time lags. However, innovations in digitalization of government payments and accounting systems mean that real-time daily fiscal data exist in many countries. In this paper, we argue that these data contain valuable, but underutilized and underexploited information. Possible uses include (i) realtime fiscal surveillance which allows for much more timely responses to emerging signs of fiscal stress, and (ii) nowcasting economic activity, which is especially useful in countries where higher frequency GDP statistics are unavailable.

Series:

Working Paper No. 17/227

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 6, 2017

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484325933/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2017227

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

29

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