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Institutional Investors' assets

Purpose

This data collection integrated in the framework of the SNA covers detailed assets (including a breakdown of resident/non resident data) for a number of institutional investors (more detailed than in the SNA93). Its aim is to have more detailed information on the activities of the institutional investors (not covered by the SNA) in OECD Member countries.

An additional questionnaire is sent yearly to OECD countries in parallel with the OECD/Eurostat joint questionnaire on Financial Accounts.

Objectives and outputs

The database has been updated up to 2010, for all OECD countries and Russia.

Improvements in the coverage of the database have been achieved.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, South Africa.

Databases

Institutional Investors' assets

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

Update and continuous improvement of the coverage, including an extension to non-member countries (EE5 and other G20).

Depending on resources allocated to the unit, quarterly data will be processed when available and used to calculate indicators.

Data collection:

Improvement of the coverage of the database.
Depending on available resources, quarterly data will be processed.

Data management:

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Human Capital Accounts

Purpose

To develop an agreed methodology for producing monetary estimates of Human Capital for the purposes of international and inter-temporal comparisons.

Objectives and outputs

A working paper that summarises the outcomes of the first phase of the project was released in October 2011 (OECD STATISTICS WORKING PAPER SERIES No. 41).

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Romania, Russian Federation.

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

1. Preparing an in-depth review of country practices in human capital measurement. This review is undertaken under the auspices of the UNECE Conference of European Statisticians (CES) and is being chaired by Geoff Bascand, Statistics New Zealand; as part of this review, we plan to circulate a 'country questionnaire' to document country practices and initiatives.

2. Documenting the OECD methodology and data sources in a technical report.

3. Drafting a working paper based on joint work with the World Bank on national wealth accounting by using direct estimates of human cpaital generated from the OECD project.

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Annual Financial Accounts

Purpose

To provide unique data sets of harmonised data on annual financial accounts and annual financial balance sheets of OECD countries, according to SNA 1993, to analysts and policy makers.

Objectives and outputs

This activity mainly focuses on the collection of comparable quantitative and qualitative information on annual financial transactions carried out and on annual financial stocks held by institutional sectors of the economy in the OECD member countries.

The main objectives are to improve the quantity and the quality of information on OECD financial accounts (transmission of timely, reliable and consistent data) and to disseminate comparable tables on financial accounts (transactions) and financial balance sheets (stocks).

Russia and EE5 countries' data will be included in the databases when available.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, South Africa.

Databases

Annual Financial Accounts (ANA)

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

The database on annual Financial Accounts and Financial Balance Sheets will continue to be improved. All OECD countries are now covered. For some countries however, the sectoral coverage has still to be extended while for some countries, additional datasets (flows or stocks, consolidated or non-consolidated) will continue to be required.

Data for Russia, for the EE5 countries, and for additional G20 countries (Argentina and Saudi Arabia) will be included when available.

Detailed methodological information relating to Financial accounts and Financial balance sheets should be updated and included in Metastore.

Data collection:

Historical data will be added to the database as soon as countries send them. Data which are still missing for some Member countries will continue to be requested and included in the databases.

Data for Russia will be integrated (if provided) in the OECD databases; depending on resources, data for some non-Member countries (EE5 and G20) will be asked and processed according to their availablity.

Moreover, following conclusions of the 2009 and 2010 WPFS meetings, financial indicators based on financial accounts and balance sheets, and on the two other SNA-related database (on Households and Institutional investors) will be calculted and disseminated.

Data management:

Financial indicators based on these datasets are calculated and are the object of another activity: OECD Financial Indicators.

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Annual National Accounts

Purpose

To provide, on an internationally comparable basis, a timely update of annual national accounts data to internal and external users for analytical purposes.

To provide a forum of international exchange on national accounts standards, in order to improve the relevance of SNA 93 and enhance international comparability.

Objectives and outputs

The annual national accounts database (SNA) presents a consistent set of data mainly compiled on the basis of the 1993 System of National Accounts. It contains data from 1970 whenever possible for OECD member countries.

Main series of the SNA database are presented using an "indicator" approcah in the publication National accounts at a Glance, focusing on cross-country comparisons. In this publication each indicator is associated to a text which explains in general terms of what is measured and why.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, South Africa.

Databases

Annual National Accounts (ANA)

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

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Economics Department Analytical Data Base (ADB)

Purpose

Management, co-ordination and provision of statistical data sets in support of Economics Department work described under Theme 1 (Economic Growth, Stability and Structural Adjustment). Primarily as input to the Economic Outlook assessment process, ensure timely and consistent updating of the body of largely macroeconomic statistics and calculation of subsidiary concepts necessary for corresponding analytical activities. Checking methodological soundness and consistency of data definitions against the analytical needs of the Department and in particular Country Desks. Development and maintenance of related programmes, definitions and procedures and associated metadata systems in support of analytical users.

Objectives and outputs

Maintains relevant Analytical Data Bank in support of relevant needs of ECO's macro analytical work, notably with respect to the data needs of the OECD Economic Outlook. In conjunction with STD and other statistical groups, co-ordinates, manages and extracts the relevant annual and quarterly data sets from available sources within the OECD (mostly STD), National Administrations and related publications. The primary database covers a range of statistical concepts relevant, in particular, to the assessment of the world's economic situation and developments in member country economies. These include a wide range of national accounts, wage, price and labour force, fiscal and financial accounts, exchange rates, international trade and balance of payments concepts reported on a variety of frequencies. Basic definitions and requirements are those of the economists in the Policy and Country Studies branches. The relevant statistics are used routinely in the analysis incorporated in documents for the Economic Policy and Economic Development Review Committees and are reported as supporting material in the corresponding OECD publications - the twice yearly OECD Economic Outlook and the OECD Country Survey series. The Economic Outlook data set is also disseminated as an OECD data product.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, South Africa.

Databases

Economics Department Analytical Database

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

Main changes in content relate to the progressive inclusion of relevant statistics for the Accession and Enhanced Engagement countries over the coming year. New indicarors to help monitoring analysis will be introduced. Main technical changes in the past and coming year relate to the continuing migration to the ADB to ECO's time series data management system, incorporating direct links to in-house source data bases and the MetaStore system, the integration of Economic Outlook publications data base within the OECD.Stat system and the incorporation of relevant production metadata within MetaStore for internal and external use.

Data management:

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General Government National Accounts

Purpose

To provide, on an internationally comparable basis, a timely update of annual national accounts data for the sector of general government and sub-sectors to internal and external users. This covers detailed revenues and detailed expenditures by function of general government and subsectors.

Objectives and outputs

The project on general government national accounts began in September 2003. There are three objectives of the project: (1) improve the transmission to and dissemination by the OECD of timely and detailed data on general government; (2) enhance the comparability of the major aggregate results for general government such as general government deficit/surplus and/or general government debt.

Data are made available to member country government agencies on OLISnet thanks to OECD.Stat and to the public through dissemination in OECD.Stat and tables freely available on Internet.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Russian Federation, Slovenia.

Databases

ANA - SNA
Annual National Accounts (ANA)

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

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Household Assets and Liabilities

Purpose

This data collection aims at better knowing the households' behavior vis-à-vis risks and enables studies on the distribution of households' wealth. It refers to the SNA sector S14 - Households.

An additional questionnaire is sent yearly to OECD countries in parallel with the OECD/Eurostat joint questionnaire on Financial Accounts.

Objectives and outputs

The database has been updated up to 2010 for all OECD countries.

A better coverage of financial and non-financial assets and on detailed liabilities currently transmitted by OECD countries has been achieved.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, South Africa.

Databases

Household Assets and Liabilities

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

It is expected to further improve the coverage (assets and liabilities) of the database and to extend the geographical coverage to non-member countries (Russia, EE5 and G20).

When resources permit, quarterly data will be processed and used to calculate financial indicators.

Data collection:

Improvement of the coverage of the database.
Depending on resources allocated to the unit, quarterly data will be processed.

Data management:

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National Accounts for Non-member Economies

Purpose

To cooperate with non-member countries not included in the Quarterly National Accounts database and incorporate these countries into the standard OECD MEI data collection and dissemination program.

Objectives and outputs

Provide users with non-member national accounts data.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

China, India.

Databases

National accounts and prices for non-member countries

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

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OECD Financial Dashboard

Purpose

The recent financial and economic crises have underlined the importance of monitoring financial activity and position of the various institutional sectors of national economies.

The OECD Financial Dashboard has been created to respond to users' questions and needs for relevant indicators based on timely, frequent and comparable financial statistics.

Objectives and outputs

The financial indicators are constructed from financial accounts and from financial balance sheets to analyse the behaviour and performance of the various institutional sectors and to carry out cross-country comparisons.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, South Africa.

Databases

OECD Financial Dashboard

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

New activity.

Data collection:

New activity.

Data management:

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Productivity/Capital Services

Purpose

Four OECD Directorates have co-operated to produce a data set for productivity measures, a widely-used indicator of economic performance. The purpose of this activity is to bring together, in one place, the results of this work and make available various productivity measures as well as relevant methodological information such as the OECD Manual on Measuring Capital. The series on capital services, multi-factor productivity (MFP) and GDP per hour worked are a standard input into the Economic Department's estimate of potential output. In 2011, the OECD Productivity database by industry has been released and provides regularly updated productivity estimates by industry.

Objectives and outputs

Labour productivity indices for 30 countries and a set of capital services and multi-factor productivity measures for 20 countries are regularly updated and are available on OECD.Stat. Recent methodological developments concerned both the development and the release of multi-factor productivity estimates by industry in the OECD STAN STructural ANalysis Database and research on total economy productivity measures. A major achievement in 2011 was the publication of the OECD Productivity database by Industry (PDBi). PDBi data are updated on a regular basis and allow international comparisons in industry-level MFP measures and are fully compatible with data compiled in the STAN database.

Databases

Productivity by industry
Productivity/capital services database

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

In 2012, the productivity database at the whole economy level and the productivity database by industry will continue to be updated regularly with the aim to increase the number of available countries. Methodological developments will concern productivity indicators at the total economy level and productivity estimates by industry.

The Productivity database by industry will move to ISIC Rev.4.

Data management:

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Quarterly National Accounts

Purpose

1. To provide a real time update of member and non-member countries' sets of quarterly national accounts to internal users, mainly the OECD Economics Department. Quarterly national accounts constitute a significant input into the OECD's macro-economic modelling and forecasting work.

2. To provide external users a selection of key long time series from countries' quarterly national accounts, some area totals and a consistent and internationally comparable set of data for analytical purposes.

Objectives and outputs

The OECD Quarterly National Accounts (QNA) database presents data collected from countries on the basis of a standardised OECD/Eurostat questionnaire based on SNA 1993/ESA 1995. It contains, as from 1960 whenever possible (and even before for a few countries), a wide selection of the accounts produced by the 34 member countries covering accounts at the level of the overall economy and some institutional sectors accounts.

Work is concentrated on producing relevant, reliable, consistent, comparable and timely quarterly national accounts for member countries and a few non-member economies.

The QNA publications contain a selection of the accounts most widely used for economic analysis: GDP - expenditure and output approaches (current prices and volume estimates), GDP income approach (current prices), Saving and net lending (current prices), Gross fixed capital formation (current prices and volume estimates) broken down separately by type of asset and by institutional sector, Disposable income and Real disposable income components, Population and Employment, Compensation of employees by industry, Employment by industry, Household final consumption expenditure (current prices and volume estimates) by durability and by purpose.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, South Africa.

Databases

Quarterly National Accounts (QNA)

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

Continue to extend the coverage of the database by the inclusion of new accounts/series provided by countries.

Expand the geographical coverage of the QNA database by including more updated data from Enhanced Engagement (EE) countries,

and possibly remaining G20 countries (Argentina and Saudi Arabia).

Data collection:

Extension of the statistical content (new accounts, new sets of chained volume estimates, new seasonally adjusted series) and the time coverage (historical series) to take account of the development of QNA made in countries.

Extension of the country coverage (EE countries and remaining G20 countries).

Encourage non-EU countries to provide QNA data in SDMX format.

Source EU data directly from Eurostat validated data.

 

Quarterly Public Sector Debt

Purpose

This new database has been launched in the framework of a coordinated activity with the World Bank and the IMF to respond to the G20 Data Gap Initiative (Recommendation 18).

Objectives and outputs

Collect detailed and comparable quarterly data on the General Government Debt, the Central Government Debt and more broadly the Public Sector Debt.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa.

Databases

Quarterly Public Sector Debt (7PSD)

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

New activity.

Data collection:

New activity.

Data management:

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Quarterly Sector Accounts (Financial part)

Purpose

To provide financial quarterly sector accounts data of member and non-member G20 countries for internal and external users.

The G20 Recommendation 15 has identified Sector accounts (annual and quarterly) as essential statistics to monitor economies.

The OECD is responsible for collecting and disseminating detailed quarterly sectoral accounts for OECD member countries and other non-member G20 countries.

Objectives and outputs

Quarterly financial accounts and quarterly financial balance sheets have been collected in 2011 for the first time and stored in the new QASA browser during the 4th quarter of 2011.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa.

Databases

Quarterly Financial Accounts and Financial Balance Sheets

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

New activity in 2012.

Data collection:

New activity.

Data management:

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Quarterly Sector Accounts (Non-Financial)

Purpose

To provide non-financial quarterly sector accounts data of member and non-member G20 countries for internal and external users.

The G20 Recommendation 15 required identified Sector accounts (annual and quarterly) as essential statistics to monitor economies.

The OECD is responsible for collecting and disseminating of detailed quarterly sectoral accounts for OECD member countries and other non-member G20 countries.

Objectives and outputs

Continue to collect non-financial Quarterly Sector Accounts (QSA) data for EU countries in close collaboration with Eurostat; Collect non-EU QSA data through questionnaires. Release QSA data on OECD.stat for the countries that give permission to publish the data.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa.

Databases

Non-financial Quarterly Sector Accounts

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

Collecting QSA data for EU countries that have not given permissions to the Eurostat for transmitting such data to the OECD, such as France and Germany.

Collecting data from non-EU countries that has not transmitted data to the OECD.

Releasing publishable QSA data on OECD.Stat.

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STAN Input-Output database

Purpose

To provide a comprehensive database for cross country analyses of industrial structures, the interrelationships between consumers and producers, and the interactions between countries (e.g. as regards outsourcing and trade flows).

Objectives and outputs

The current OECD input-output database is based on detailed national accounts estimates of economic activity and interrelationships within economies. The database is based on an ISIC Rev.3 and is consistent with the latest system of national accounts (SNA93). Data for 33 OECD countries and 11 non-member countries are currently available, with latest data for many countries referring to 2005 with tables also available for most ountries for 2000 or nearest year and for the mid-1990s.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:
Argentina, Brazil, China, Chinese Taipei, Cyprus, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Other, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Thailand.

Databases

STAN Input-Output database

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

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Measuring disparities in a National Accounts framework

Purpose

The aim of the Expert Group on Disparities in a National Accounts framework (EG DNA) is to consider how existing micro data could be used to produce estimates of disparities between groups of households in the framework of National Accounts.

Objectives and outputs

The Expert Group has begun its work in early 2011. Final results are expected by end 2012.

The main focus of the expert group in 2011 has been on assessing the availability of micro and macro information on household income, consumption and wealth, and on analysing similarities and divergences between the two types of sources (step 1).

From January 2012 Expert Group members will aim at generating results based on a simplified methodology matching the two types of sources, and having information on disparities indicators on household income, consumption and saving rates by group of household consistent with National Accounts averages and comparable across countries (step 2).

The Expert Group held two meetings in 2011. A third meeting is planned for August 2012. The final report is expected to be circulated to CSTAT by the end of 2012.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

India

Main Developments for 2012

General aspects:

The final report of the Expert Group is expected to be circulated to CSTAT by the end of 2012.