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The development and production of GDP flash estimates in a newly industrialised country: the case of South Africa


  • Mustapha, Nazeem
  • Djolov, George


The experience accumulated from the development and production of a flash estimate of GDP as an official statistic at Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) is presented and discussed. This experience could inform national statistical organisations operating under similar statistical production constraints in other newly industrialised countries or elsewhere. The use of the flash estimate as an early indicator of business cycle slowdowns and upturns is also presented to demonstrate one possible by-product use of the flash estimate.

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  • Mustapha, Nazeem & Djolov, George, 2010. "The development and production of GDP flash estimates in a newly industrialised country: the case of South Africa," MPRA Paper 39215, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 01 Dec 2010.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:39215

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    1. Dennis Fixler, 2004. "Revisions to GDP Estimates in the U.S," BEA Papers 0046, Bureau of Economic Analysis.
    2. S. A. Roberts, 1982. "A General Class of Holt-Winters Type Forecasting Models," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 28(7), pages 808-820, July.
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    1. Guerrero Víctor M. & García Andrea C. & Sainz Esperanza, 2013. "Rapid Estimates of Mexico’s Quarterly GDP," Journal of Official Statistics, De Gruyter Open, vol. 29(3), pages 397-423, June.

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    forecasts; flash estimates; national accounts;

    JEL classification:

    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • E17 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications


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