|Source||International Monetary Fund (IMF)|
|Release||International Monetary Fund - Government Finance Statistics (GFS)|
The Government Finance Statistics (GFS) contains statistical data on government financial operations for IMF member countries. Detailed annual data are presented on revenue, expenditure, and financing transactions. All data conform to basic standards and are comparable from country to country.
The IMF Government Finance Statistics uses the framework of the most recent Government Finance Statistics Manual (GFSM).
The GFS is a specialized macroeconomic statistical system designed to support fiscal analysis. It provides a comprehensive conceptual and accounting framework suitable for analyzing and evaluating fiscal policy, especially the performance of the general government sector and the broader public sector of any country.
The purpose of the GFS manual is to:
Intstitutional Units and Sectors
The GFS should cover all entities that would have an affect on fiscal policy. The institutional sectors used within the GFSM are in accordance with the most recent System of National Account (SNA) definitions.
The GFS usually covers 2 main criteria:
A particular economy usually consists of a set of resident institutional units so the concept of residence is important. It is used to determine coverage of institutional units and the classification of transactions. The residence means the economic territory in which the institutional unit has the strongest connection. It is not based on nationality or legal criteria, if the institution is from another economic territory, for convenience, this is labeled as rest of the world. An economic territory is an geographic area or jurisdiction for which statistics are required. This may include land-area and airspace.
An institutional unit is an entity that is capable of owning assets, incurring liabilities, and engaging in economic activities through transactions with other entities. Features of these entities may include:
Revisions are common
For more information about the IMF GFS, please visit: http://data.imf.org/?sk=a0867067-d23c-4ebc-ad23-d3b015045405&sId=1435757954964
A full documentation of the GFS Manual can aslo be found: http://data.imf.org/?sk=a0867067-d23c-4ebc-ad23-d3b015045405&sId=1390288795525