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The Role of Monthly Economic Statistical Bulletins

Claudia H Dziobek and Mei Jin

No 02/9, IMF Policy Discussion Papers from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: Monthly economic statistical bulletins issued by central banks and national statistical offices, the focus of this study, are well established in countries with advanced statistical systems. Such bulletins present a synopsis of current economic trends and cater to a broad group of users involved in policy, markets, media, and research. Compendium bulletins serve as a reference point, contribute to public economic knowledge and transparency, and can add to international visibility. The authors find that only about half of developing countries produce monthly bulletins. Based on experience in industrial countries and a survey of 22 successful bulletins from developing countries, this paper highlights the role of such bulletins and discusses selected aspects of their content, production, and dissemination.

Keywords: Central banks and their policies; Technical Assistance; Economic information, statistical capacity building, central banks, central bank, balance of payments, industrial countries, government debt, Relation of Economics to Social Values, Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty: General, Macroeconomics: Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment and Investment: Other, (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17
Date: 2002-07-01
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