Publications & Documents


  • 18-December-2003

    English

    Comparing Labour Productivity Growth in the OECD Area: The Role of Measurement

    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

  • 7-October-2003

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    The Statistics Brief N. 6, October 2003 - Measuring regional economies

    In this issue: "Making meaning ful comparisons among very different regions"; "How to measure territorial disparities?"; "How to measure geographic concentration?"; "The way forward" and "Glossary".

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  • 15-September-2003

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    Business Tendency Surveys: A Handbook

    This Handbook is a practical manual on the design and implementation of business tendency surveys, on the interpretation of the results from such surveys and on their use for economic analysis and forecasting.

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  • 6-September-2003

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    Measurement of Output, Value Added, GDP in Canada and the United States: Similarities and Differences

    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

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  • 15-August-2003

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    Short-Term Economic Statistics in China: Sources and Methods

    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,

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  • 28-May-2003

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    Damned Lies and Statistics: Helping Numbers Make Sense

    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...

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  • 18-April-2003

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    Statistical Developments and Strategies in the Context of E-Government

    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

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  • 7-March-2003

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    Household Wealth in the National Accounts of Europe, The United States and Japan

    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 ...

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  • 6-March-2003

    English

    Report of the OECD Task Force on Software Measurement in the National Accounts

    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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  • 22-November-2002

    English, Excel, 237kb

    The Statistics Brief N. 5, November 2002 - Measuring the Non-Observed Economy

    The term "Non-Observed Economy" refers to those economic activities which should be included in the GDP but which, for one reason or another, are not covered in the statistical surveys or administrative records from which the national accounts a...

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