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  • 22-April-2013

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    Handbook on Residential Property Price Indices

    For most citizens, buying a residential property (dwelling) is the most important transaction during their lifetime. Residential properties represent the most significant component of households’ expenses and, at the same time, their most valuable assets. The Residential Property Prices Indices (RPPIs) are index numbers measuring the rate at which the prices of residential properties are changing over time. RPPIs are key statistics not only for citizens and households across the world, but also for economic and monetary policy makers. Among their professional uses, they serve, for example, to monitor macroeconomic imbalances and risk exposure of the financial sector.

    This Handbook provides, for the first time, comprehensive guidelines for the compilation of Residential Property Price Indexes and explains in depth the methods and best practices used to calculate an RPPI. It also examines the underlying economic and statistical concepts and defines the principles guiding the methodological and practical choices for the compilation of the indices. The Handbook primarily addresses official statisticians in charge of producing residential property price indices; at the same time, it addresses the overall requirement on RPPIs by providing a harmonised methodological and practical framework to all parties interested in the compilation of such indices.

    The RPPIs Handbook has been written by leading academics in index number theory and by recognised experts in RPPIs compilation. Its development has been co-ordinated by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, with the collaboration of the International Labour Organization (ILO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Bank.

  • 16-April-2013

    English

    SDMX Global Conference 2013, OECD, Paris

    11-13 September 2013 - Global SDMX Implementation: Modernising Official Statistics, to be held at the OECD in Paris, with BIS and Eurostat acting as co-hosts on behalf of the SDMX Sponsors.

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  • 5-April-2013

    English

    Making Statistics and Everyone Count

    The production and dissemination of reliable statistics have become essential for public administration and public policy. Statistics is not an aim in itself, but a very important tool to improve our understanding of an increasingly complex, interdependent and fast-evolving world, said OECD Secretary-General.

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  • 28-March-2013

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    Human capital, tangible wealth, and the intangible capital residual

    Statistics Working Paper N. 51 - 2013/2 - Since income is the return on wealth, the total wealth of any given country should be on the order of 20 times its GDP. Instead the average observed ratio from the balance sheet accounts of the System of National Accounts (SNA) is a factor of 2.6 to 6.6, depending on whether natural resource stocks are included in the balance sheet.

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  • 26-March-2013

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    More than the sum of their parts: valuing environmental quality by combining life satisfaction surveys and GIS data

    Statistics Working Paper N. 50 - 2013/1 - While environmental economics studies using stated life satisfaction data have been gaining attention, much of this body of work remains exploratory. In this study we contribute to this body of research by combining OECD data from 4 European countries on life satisfaction and perceptions of environmental quality to provide a broad picture of the environmental determinants of life satisfaction...

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  • 22-March-2013

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    Cyclical Analysis and Composite Indicators System (CACIS), OECD

    The OECD Cyclical Analysis and Composite Indicators System (CACIS) is a program for both cyclical analysis and compilation and study of composites indicators.

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  • 20-mars-2013

    Français

    L’OCDE publie les premières lignes directrices complètes sur la mesure du bien-être subjectif

    L’OCDE a réalisé une avancée majeure dans la mesure du bien-être subjectif. Avec la publication des Lignes directrices sur la mesure du bien-être subjectif, l'OCDE fournit pour la première fois un cadre global pour des données fiables et comparables à l’échelon international.

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  • 20-March-2013

    English

    OECD Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being

    Being able to measure people’s quality of life is fundamental when assessing the progress of societies. There is now widespread acknowledgement that measuring subjective well-being is an essential part of measuring quality of life alongside other social and economic dimensions. As a first step to improving the measures of quality of life, the OECD has produced Guidelines which provide advice on the collection and use of measures of subjective well-being.  These Guidelines have been produced as part of the OECD Better Life Initiative, a pioneering project launched in 2011, with the objective to measure society’s progress across eleven domains of well-being, ranging from jobs, health and housing, through to civic engagement and the environment.

    These Guidelines represent the first attempt to provide international recommendations on collecting, publishing, and analysing subjective well-being data. They provide guidance on collecting information on people's evaluations and experiences of life, as well as on collecting “eudaimonic” measures of psychological well-being. The Guidelines also outline why measures of subjective well-being are relevant for monitoring and policy making, and why national statistical agencies have a critical role to play in enhancing the usefulness of existing measures. They identify the best approaches for measuring, in a reliable and consistent way, the various dimensions of subjective well-being, and provide guidance for reporting on such measures. The Guidelines also include a number of prototype survey modules on subjective well-being that national and international agencies can use in their surveys.

  • 20-février-2013

    Français

    Données massives : promesse ou chimère ?

    Par Martine Durand, Directrice, Direction des statistiques, OCDE - Chaque jour, les innovations technologiques et sociales génèrent d’immenses flux de données, dites « massives », en anglais big data, dont la prolifération promet de bouleverser les habitudes de collecte et d’utilisation des informations destinées à l’élaboration des politiques.

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  • 13-février-2013

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    Manuel des statistiques du commerce international des services

    Le Manuel sur les Statistiques du Commerce International des Services 2010 (MSCIS 2010) dont la parution de la première version est 2002, est une publication conjointe de sept agences internationales. Il répond à une demande croissante en provenance des gouvernements, des entreprises et des analystes de statistiques détaillées et comparables portant sur le commerce international des services.

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