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International Monetary Fund
Published Date:
April 1984
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    International Standard Serial Number: ISSN 0251-6365


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    Conventions and Symbols

    A number of standard conventions have been employed in arriving at the projections in the report. The actual exchange rates of a recent period (November 1983) have been assumed to prevail throughout the projection period; U.S. dollar oil prices and interest rates have been taken to remain at their levels at the end of 1983; and “present policies” have been assumed. These are, of course, working assumptions rather than forecasts, and the uncertainties surrounding them add to the margins of error that would in any event be involved in the report’s projections. The estimates and projections themselves are based on statistical information available up to and including February 24, 1984.

    The following symbols have been used throughout this report:

    • … to indicate that data are not available;

    • ….. to indicate that data are not applicable;

    • — to indicate that the figure is zero or less than half the final digit shown, or that the item does not exist;

    • – between years or months (e.g., 1982–83 or January–June) to indicate the years or months covered, including the beginning and ending years or months;

    • / between years (e.g., 1980/81) to indicate a crop or fiscal (financial) year.

    • “Billion” means a thousand million.

    • Minor discrepancies between constituent figures and totals are due to rounding.


    This report is the fifth annual World Economic Outlook to be published by the staff of the International Monetary Fund.

    The projections and analysis contained in this report result from a comprehensive interdepartmental review by the Fund staff of world economic developments and prospects. The project is coordinated in the Research Department and draws on the specialized contributions of staff members in the Fund’s five Area Departments, as well as those in the Exchange and Trade Relations and Fiscal Affairs Departments.

    An earlier version of the material contained in this report provided the basis for a discussion of the World Economic Outlook by the Fund’s Executive Directors on March 30 and April 2, 1984. The present version has benefited from comments made by the Executive Directors, but the descriptions of developments and policies that it contains, as well as the projections for individual countries, are those of the Fund staff and should not be attributed to Executive Directors or their national authorities.

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