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dc.contributor.authorHartwig, Jochenen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-10-23en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-06T15:39:51Z-
dc.date.available2011-10-06T15:39:51Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.identifier.pidoi:10.3929/ethz-a-005431034en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/50332-
dc.description.abstractMacroeconomic data are indispensable for modern governance, yet it is often unclear how reliable these data are. The production process of macroeconomic data inside the statistical offices is often not very transparent for the general public. Bystanders usually have no choice but to take for granted the published data because criteria by which to judge data quality are wanting. Hoping to contribute to a better understanding of the quality of macroeconomic data, this paper proposes several plausibility checks and applies them to recently published Swiss labour productivity growth figures. Although the proposed checks cannot prove or disprove the official data, they are capable of either strengthening our confidence in the official data or, alternatively, of casting them into doubt. Policy debates drawing on official data will hardly be able to ignore differences in the degree of confidence with which these data are held to be accurate.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherKOF Zürichen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesKOF working papers // Konjunkturforschungsstelle, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich 173en_US
dc.subject.jelC82en_US
dc.subject.jelO47en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordAccuracy of macroeconomic observationsen_US
dc.subject.keywordstatistical artefactsen_US
dc.subject.keywordlabour productivityen_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitsproduktivitäten_US
dc.subject.stwDatenqualitäten_US
dc.subject.stwStatistischer Testen_US
dc.subject.stwSchweizen_US
dc.titleTrying to assess the quality of macroeconomic data: The case of Swiss labour productivity growth as an exampleen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn583327567en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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