Macroeconomic Statistics

Macroeconomic Statistics

The following courses are presented by IMF's Statistics Department and the topics include macroeconomic statistics covering national accounts, prices, money and financial sector, balance of payments, debt, financial soundness, and government finance.


External Sector Statistics External Sector Statistics (ESS): The IMF’s Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual, sixth edition (BPM6) sets the international standard for compiling balance of payments, international investment position, and other external sector-related statistics; and provides a framework for data dissemination. Courses in external sector statistics cover both the conceptual and practical aspects of compilation; and are data-driven and user oriented. In addition to covering the underlying methodological concepts, the courses are tailored to address source data collection, as well as statistical techniques. They offer insights into the analytical uses of external sector statistics in the IMF’s multilateral and bilateral surveillance operations. Courses include a mix of lectures, discussions, case studies and numerical examples

•   Compilation of Balance of Payments Statistics (BPSCG)
•   Cross-Border Position Statistics (CBPS)
•   External Debt Statistics (EDS)
•   Statistics on International Trade in Goods and Services (ITGS)

Financial InstitutionsFinancial Institutions (FI): The 2016 IMF Monetary and Financial Statistics Manual and Compilation Guide, the 2006 IMF Financial Soundness Indicators Compilation Guide, and the 2015 Handbook on Securities Statistics, a joint undertaking of the IMF, the Bank for International Settlements, and the European Central Bank, provide the frameworks to produce accurate, comprehensive, and reliable financial sector statistics across countries. FI has developed two training courses on monetary and financial statistics—Introductory (MFS-I) and Advanced (MFS-A)—that prepares participants to compile monetary statistics covering the financial sector in accordance with international standards. In addition, FI provides training on financial soundness indicators (FSIs) to support the compilation of indicators for country to monitor key elements of the soundness of their financial system. FI also provides training on securities statistics and on the compilation of balance sheet matrix, an approach that combines monetary, government, and balance of payment data to support a from-whom-to-whom analysis of financial vulnerabilities across sectors of the economy.

•   Financial Soundness Indicators (FSI)
•   Monetary and Financial Statistics – Introductory Course (MFS-I)
•   Monetary and Financial Statistics – Advanced Course (MFS-A)
•   Securities Statistics (SS)
•   Balance Sheet Approach (BSA)


Government Finance Statistics and Public Sector Debt StatisticsGovernment Finance Statistics and Public Sector Debt Statistics (GFS & PSDS): The IMF’s Government Finance Statistics Manual 2014 (GFSM 2014) and Public Sector Debt Statistics Guide (PSDSG) are the international standards that provide a framework for the compilation of fiscal and public sector debt statistics (PSDS). Government finance and public sector debt statistics training explain this framework and its practical implementation. Courses cover both conceptual and practical aspects of data compilation. Basic and more advanced concepts, accounting principles, and detailed classifications are dealt with in the context of the latest methodology, which is harmonized with the System of National Accounts. Courses examine GFS coverage and accounting rules (including accrual accounting), valuation, classification, debt, balance sheets, and the sources and methods used for compiling the statistics. They also deal with reporting data to the IMF and the World Bank. Courses include a mix of lectures, discussions, case studies and numerical examples.

•   Government Finance Statistics (GFS)
•   Government Finance Statistics - Advanced (GFS-A)
•   Natural Resource Revenue – Measurement and Analysis (NRR)
•   Public Sector Debt Statistics (PDS)


real Sector StatisticsReal Sector Statistics (RE): The System of National Accounts is the international standard that provides a framework for understanding the economy including production, prices, assets, and financing for the whole economy and individual sectors. Real sector statistics training explains this framework and its practical implementation. Courses cover an overview as well as specific aspects such as the GDP and other production measures (both annual and quarterly), balance sheets and accumulation accounts, and high-frequency indicators (monthly and quarterly series for particular activities). Courses also include training on measuring the associated prices – consumer, producer, and property price indices, as well as priority topics, such as newly emerging issues in the digital economy and globalization. Courses includes a mix of lectures, country case studies, and numerical examples.   

•   Compiling Natural Resources in National Accounts (ANR)
•   Balance Sheets and Accumulation Accounts (BSAA)
•   High-Frequency Indicators of Economic Activity (IEA)
•   National Accounts (NAS)
•   Price Statistics (PRS)
•   Quarterly National Accounts (QNA)
•   Residential Property Price Indices (RPPI)