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Data Consistency in IMF Publications

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  • John Cady
  • Anthony J. Pellechio
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    Data published in IMF country staff reports and International Financial Statistics (IFS) may differ for identical variables and, at times, users may be unaware of the reasons for these differences and lack the information needed to permit reconciliation. Such discrepancies stem principally from differences in the objectives of IMF country staff reports and their data requirements, on the one hand, and IFS, on the other. This paper presents the results of a study of the consistency of annual data on core statistical indicators required for Fund surveillance presented in the IMF''s IFS and a sample of recently published Article IV consultation reports. The paper finds a significant incidence of apparent discrepancies for similarly defined variables.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 05/46.

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    Length: 27
    Date of creation: 01 Mar 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:05/46

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    Keywords: Staff Reports; International Financial Statistics; Publications; statistics; current account; balance of payments; public debt; current account balance; survey; central bank; financial statistics; debt data; statistical indicators; current account balances; samples; government deficit; central banks; statistical information; public sector debt; missing data; time series; representative sample; sample selection; debt stock; sampling; domestic currency; currency crisis;

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    1. Andrew Berg & Eduardo Borensztein & Catherine Pattillo, 2005. "Assessing Early Warning Systems: How Have They Worked in Practice?," IMF Staff Papers, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 52(3), pages 5.
    2. Carol S. Carson & Sarmad Khawaja & Thomas K. Morrison, 2004. "Revisions Policy for official Statistics," IMF Working Papers 04/87, International Monetary Fund.
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    1. Paolo Manasse & Ugo Panizza & Laura Dos Reis, 2007. "Targeting the Structural Balance ," IDB Publications 6722, Inter-American Development Bank.

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