Statistics Working Paper N. 9 - 2003/6 - This paper presents the concepts underlying capital services measures, describes estimation methods and produces a first set of results. It also raises a number of outstanding conceptual issues in relation to capital services measures.
Statistics Working Paper N 8 - 2003/5 - This paper examines how measurement problems affect international comparisons of labour productivity. It suggests that these measurement problems do not significantly affect the assessment of aggregate productivity patterns in the OECD area. However, these problems do influence the more detailed assessment of productivity growth, notably the role of specific sectors and demand components in
Statistics Working Paper N. 7 - 2003/4 - This paper provides, in a summary fashion, similarities and differences in the production accounts of Canada and the United States. The discussion is limited to those issues which affect the level of output, value added and GDP, both at the total economy level and by industry or sector, all at current prices. We have noted 27 issues, distributed under four broad headings: A). An examination of
This Statistics Directorate and Centre for Co-operation with Non-Members Working Paper N. 6 - 2003/3 contains a detailed description of the methodology used in the compilation of some key short-term economic statistics of China. The subjects covered are: national accounts, industrial production, commodity output, business tendency surveys, consumer sentiment surveys, construction, retail sales, labour, wages, prices, public finance,
By Enrico Giovannini, OECD Chief Statisticians. Comparability, reliability, accuracy: all are hallmarks of the OECD's renowned statistical databases. This is just as well, since good policy and business decisions depend on good numbers. But shou...
This Statistics Working Paper N. 5 - 2003/3 has been written as a contribution to the OECD e-government project launched in 2001, which explores how governments can best exploit information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance good governance principles and achieve public policy goals. The paper highlights the way in which the collection, compilation and dissemination of statistics has changed dramatically as NSOs have
Statistics Working Paper 2003/2 - The objective of this paper is two fold: 1) present comparable results for household financial and non financial assets and liabilities for Europe, the USA and Japan,2) analyse the change in the composition of household gross ...
This Statistics Working Paper N. 3 - 2003/1 confirms that current estimates of software investment differ significantly between countries for pure statistical reasons, thus affecting the comparability of GDP.
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Il est essentiel que les statisticiens mesurent correctement le niveau absolu du PIB ainsi que son taux de croissance. Les défis qui en résultent pour les statisticiens se sont étendus ces dernières années en raison des difficultés que soulève l’évaluation de nouvelles activités, en particulier dans le secteur des services, celle de ce qu’il est convenu d’appeler la production du « secteur informel » ou la « production souterraine ».
This Statistics Working Paper N. 2 - 2002/2 presents a general overview of recent work on sustainable development indicators in OECD countries. It provides an overview of on-going work for developing "agreed" indicators that measure progress across the three dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental). The paper then takes a more specific look at the approaches to sustainable development indicators