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 IMFas Government Finance Statistics Yearbook (GFSY) withdata 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.REFERENCES Dippelsman, R., Dziobek, C., and Gutierrez Mangas, C. (July 2012) What Lies Beneath: The Statistical Definition of Public ... Dziobek et al., 2011, The IMF a#39;s Government Finance Statistics Y earbook-Maps of Government for 74 Countries, IMF Working ... sk:24895) International Monetary Fund, 1986, A Manual on Government Finance Statistics, (Washington: International Monetary Fund).
|Title||:||Recent Improvements to the Government Finance Statistics Yearbook Database in Response to Analytical Needs|
|Author||:||Mr. Mike Seiferling|
|Publisher||:||International Monetary Fund - 2013-01-14|