The IMF's Statistical Systems in Context of Revision of the United Nations' A System of National Accounts
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Author(s):
Vicente Galbis
Published Date:
September 1991
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    Contributors

    Contributors' institutional affiliations are those at the time when their papers were prepared.

    Derek Blades

    • Economic Statistics and National Accounts Division, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris

    Arie C. Bouter

    • Former Assistant Director in charge of the Balance of Payments Division, Bureau of Statistics, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington

    Soren Brodersen

    • Danmarks Statistik, Copenhagen

    Marta Castello-Branco

    • Financial Institutions Division, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    John C. Dawson

    • Department of Economics, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa

    Keith G. Dublin

    • Financial Institutions Division, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    Vicente Galbis

    • Immediate Office, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    Mahinder S. Gill

    • Balance of Payments Division, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    George H. Hoezoo

    • Balance of Payments Division, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    Emmanuel O. Kumah

    • Financial Institutions Division, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    Jonathan Levin

    • Government Finance Division, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    Heinrich Lützel

    • Statistisches Bundesamt, Germany

    Khashayar Mahdavy

    • Intern, General Economy Division, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    D. Keith McAlister

    • Balance of Payment Division, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    Robert McColl

    • Balance of Payments Division, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    Jean-Paul Milot

    • Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques (INSEE), Paris

    Brian Newson

    • Statistical and Accounting Coordination Unit, Statistical Office of the European Communities (EUROSTAT)

    Pierre Luigi Parcu

    • Balance of Payments Division, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    Gérard G. Raymond

    • Balance of Payments Division, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    Geoffrey J. Robertson

    • Balance of Payments Division, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    Edward W. Saunders

    • Financial Institutions Division, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    Marianne Schulze-Ghattas

    • Balance of Payments Division, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    Abul Siddique

    • General Economy Division, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    Mick Silver

    • Consultant, General Economy Division, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    Pierre Teillet

    • INSEE, Paris

    John E. Thornton

    • International Banking and External Debt Division, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    Irene Tsao

    • National Accounts and Special Projects, United Nations Statistical Office (UNSO), New York

    André Vanoli

    • Director, Department of Statistical Coordination and Accounting, INSEE, Paris

    Jan van Tongeren

    • National Accounts and Special Projects, UNSO

    Teresa Villacrés

    • Government Finance Division, Bureau of Statistics, IMF

    Abbreviations

    BIS

    Bank for International Settlements (Basle)

    “Blue Book”

    The SNA

    BOPS

    The data system and compilation methodology used by the IMF in preparing its balance of payments statistics

    BOPS

    IMF, Balance of Payments Statistics (Washington; available by subscription on magnetic tape, updated monthly)

    BOP Yearbook

    IMF, Balance of Payments Statistics Yearbook, Parts I and II (Washington, annual)

    BPM

    IMF, Balance of Payments Manual, Fourth Edition (Washington, 1977)

    c.i.f.

    Cost, insurance, freight

    COFOG

    United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistical Office of the United Nations, The Classification of the Functions of Government, Studies in Methods, Series M, No. 70 (New York, 1980)

    DOTS

    IMF, Direction of Trade Statistics (Washington, quarterly).

    EC

    European Community

    ESA

    EUROSTAT, European System of Integrated Economic Accounts—ESA, 2d ed. (Luxembourg, 1979)

    EUROSTAT

    Statistical Office of the European Communities (Luxembourg)

    f.o.b.

    Free on board

    FOF

    Flow of funds

    GDP

    Gross domestic product

    GFS

    The data system and compilation methodology used by the IMF in preparing its government finance statistics

    GFSM

    IMF, A Manual on Government Finance Statistics (Washington, 1986)

    GFS Yearbook

    IMF, Government Finance Statistics Yearbook (Washington, annual)

    GNP

    Gross national product

    IAS

    International Accounting Standard

    IASC

    International Accounting Standards Committee

    IFS

    IMF, International Financial Statistics (Washington, monthly and Yearbook)

    IMF

    International Monetary Fund (Washington)

    INSEE

    Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques (National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies) (Paris)

    ISIC

    United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistical Office of the United Nations, International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities, Statistical Papers, Series M, No. 4, Rev. 3 (New York, 1986)

    MBS

    The data system and compilation methodology used by the IMF in preparing its money and banking statistics

    MBS Guide

    IMF, Bureau of Statistics, A Guide to Money and Banking Statistics in International Financial Statistics, draft (unpublished; Washington, 1984)

    n.e.c.

    Not elsewhere classified

    n.i.e.

    Not included elsewhere

    OECD

    Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris)

    Provisional Guidelines

    United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistical Office of the United Nations, Provisional International Guidelines on the National and Sectoral Balance-Sheet and Reconciliation Accounts of the System of National Accounts, Statistical Papers, Series M, No. 60 (New York, 1977)

    SNA

    United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistical Office of the United Nations, A System of National Accounts, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 2, Rev. 3 (New York, 1968)

    UN

    United Nations

    UNSO

    United Nations Statistical Office (New York)

    United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistical Office of the United Nations (UNSO), A System of National Accounts, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 2, Rev. 3 (New York, 1968). Hereafter in this volume, referred to without full bibliographic citation (see the list of abbreviations at the back of the volume).

    Eight expert group meetings were held on specific topics, as follows: SNA Structure (Geneva, June 1986), Prices and Quantity Comparisons (Luxembourg, November 1986), External Transactions (Washington, March-April 1987), Household Sector Accounts (Florence, August-September 1987), Public Sector Accounts (Washington, January 1988), Production Accounts and Input-Output Tables (Vienna, March 1988), Financial Flows and Balances (Washington, September 1988), and Reconciliation of SNA/MPS [Material Product System] Standards on National Accounting (Moscow, December 1989). In addition, there have been several meetings on SNA Coordination to discuss preliminary drafts of the revised SNA.

    In addition, the IMF collects and publishes data on other subjects such as exchange rates, Fund transactions, international liquidity, interest rates, prices, and output and employment in IFS, and on international trade by partner country in Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS).

    The IMF's Balance of Payments Manual (BPM), first issued in 1948, was last revised in 1977 (the fourth edition). A Manual on Government Finance Statistics (GFSM) was issued in draft in 1974 and was published in 1986. An internal Fund document in draft, A Guide to Money and Banking Statistics in International Financial Statistics (MBS Guide), was produced in 1984.

    The reports of the expert group meetings are being used to guide the authors charged with drafting the revised SNA.

    The World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Bank for International Settlements (BIS), and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), External Debt: Definitions, Statistical Coverage and Methodology (Paris, 1988), p. 17.

    It is planned that the Balance of Payments Compilation Guide will also serve as a “Handbook of National Accounting on External Sector Transactions,” to be published by UNSO.

    GFSM (1986, Chapter 5).

    Similar tables are included in UNSO, Handbook of National Accounting, Public Sector Accounts, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 50 (New York, 1988).

    The FOF system, like the broader SNA, is a closed (self-contained) system of accounts in the sense that it can in the aggregate be specified as a complete set of equations.

    The term MBS is used here to describe the Fund's system of money and banking statistics and the methodology associated with that system as currently practiced by the IMF staff. This practice does not necessarily coincide in all cases with the draft MBS Guide (not available to the public), which in some respects has been superseded by developments in financial instruments and innovations.

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