Leading indicators

Joint European Commission-OECD Workshop on International Development of Business and Consumer Tendency Surveys, Brussels, 20 - 21 November 2003



Session 2: Production, presentation and dissemination issues

Selected country presentations:

Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Brazil

Current Work and Plans for Development of New Activities related to FGV's Qualitative Surveys

Statistics Canada

The Business Conditions Survey - Current Development Activities

Economic and Social Research Institute, Japan

Recent Developments of Japan's Business and Consumer Surveys

National Council of Applied Economic Research, India

Business Confidence Survey - The Next Step

Bureau for Economic Research, South Africa

Business and Consumer Surveys in South Africa - Current Research Activities, Development Work and Plans for Change

Key presentation/dissemination and statistical/methodological issues

Statistics Denmark

Danish Dissemination Practices for the Industry Survey

Statistics Finland

The Finnish Consumer Survey

Statistics Norway

Norwegian Business Tendency Survey - A Summary of Recent Activities

CBI, United Kingdom

Interpreting the CBI/PricewaterhouseCoopers Financial Services Survey

European Commission

National versus harmonized presentation of survey results in the EU  (power point)


Enlargement of OECD database to sectors outside manufacturing: current status and future plans, including those for efficient data and metadata transmission.

Session 3: Harmonisation of survey results

Experience and progress with harmonisation in individual countries

National Bureau of Statistics, China

The Progress with Harmonisation and Future Plans of Business Surveys in China

Statistics Indonesia

Comparing the Indonesian Business Tendency Survey andThe Harmonised Business Tendency Survey

ISAE, Italy

Main Current Research Activities

Central Statistical Office, Poland

Present State of the Business Tendency Surveys conducted by the CSO of Poland and Methodological Problems Encountered in the Business Tendency Surveys

GKI Economic Research, Hungary

Business and Consumer Surveys in Hungary


Harmonisation between non-EU Countries and EU Member and Candidate Countries

Session 4: Uses of business and consumer tendency data

National practices in the calculation of coincident indicators based on data contained in business surveys

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Construction and Use of Coincident Indicators Based on Data Contained in Business Surveys

National Statistical Office, Korea

Compilation of Consumer Sentiment Indicators in Korea

Center for Economic Analysis, Russia

Business Tendency Surveys in the Analysis of Russian Economy: Methodological; Aspects and Prospects of Use

ISAR, Italy

The Use of Business and Consumer Surveys in ISAE's Cyclical Analysis

Bureau for Economic Research, South Africa

The Value of Two Surveyed Indicators in South Africa: The RMB/BER Business Confidence Index and The Investec/BER PMI

National experience and key issues in the use of business and consumer tendency data

Statistics Netherlands

Busineess Survey Research

Ifo Institute, Germany

The Use of EU Business Survey data for Monetary Policy

INSEE, France

Sectoral Business Surveys as an Aid to Short-term Macroeconomic forecasting: The Services Contribution

University of Michigan, United States

The Analytical use and Interpretation of Consumer Survey Data: The U.S. Perspective


Country specific or harmonised confidence indicators: EC and OECD practices (including composite indicators based on mixed data sources)



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