18 Overall Relationships Between the IMF's Government Finance Statistics and A System of National Accounts


Although the detailed relationships between items in the United Nations' A System of National Accounts (SNA) and the IMF's government finance statistics (GFS) have been worked out over the past decade in the bridge tables appearing in A Manual on Government Finance Statistics (GFSM) and the UN Handbook on public sector statistics1 and are explored further in Chapter 19 of this volume, it may be helpful to explore briefly the larger relationships between the two data systems and the relative significance of particular differences for their reconciliation. A useful starting point for this purpose may be the origins and purposes of the GFS system.

Author: Vicente Galbis