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  • Public sector debt statistics: guide for compilers and users, 2011

    The focus of this Guide is on improving the quality and timeliness of these key debt statistics and promoting a convergence of recording practices. This Guide has been compiled by the Interagency Task Force on Finance Statistics members and is a useful source of reference for national compilers and users.

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Statistical Insights: Government assets matter too, not just debt

Gross and net government debt as percentage of GDP in 2013

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28/01/2016 - In analysing the sustainability of government finances, the focus tends to be on gross government debt as a percentage of GDP. However, as gross debt does not take into account the asset side of government balance sheets, this measure only tells part of the story. Assets may generate income or be sold in order to redeem part of gross debt, and are therefore very relevant in assessing the financial health of government as well.

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