A companion document to the fifth edition of the Balance of Payments Manual, the Balance of Payments Compilation Guide shows how the conceptual framework described in the Manual may be implemented in practice. The primary purpose of the Guide is to provide practical guidance for using sources and methods to compile statistics on the balance of payments and the international investment position. The Guide is designed to assist experienced and aspiring balance of payments compilers and statisticians in understanding the relative strengths and weaknesses of various approaches. The material reflects the emergence of new data sources and adaptations in the application of statistical methodologies to changing circumstances. Discussed in the Guide are all of the tasks that a BOP compiler normally performs. Appendices contain a set of model BOP questionaires and a set of model BOP publication tables. Relationships between the balance of payments statistics and relevant aspects of national accounts are covered as well.
The Quarterly National Accounts Manual (the Manual) provides conceptual and practical guidance for compiling
quarterly national accounts (QNA) statistics. The Manual offers a comprehensive review of data sources, statistical
methods, and compilation techniques to derive official estimates of quarterly GDP. The new edition—which upgrades
the first edition, published in 2001—improves and expands the previous content based on recent methodological advances,
best country practices, and suggestions received from QNA compilers and experts.