Philip R Lane: Maximising the user value of statistics - lessons from globalisation and the pandemic

Remarks (virtual) by Mr Philip R Lane, Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, at the European Statistical Forum, 26 April 2021.

Central bank speech  | 
28 April 2021

Economic and financial statistics play a central role in guiding monetary policy decisions: central banks constitute an important user group for the output of statistical agencies, while also helping to collect the data underpinning many macro-financial statistical series. Events such as the European Statistical Forum provide a welcome opportunity to bring together the producers and users of statistics.

In my remarks today, I will discuss two main topics: the first topic is the globalisation-related measurement challenges for macroeconomic statistics, with a focus on external and national accounts; the second topic is the data needs exposed by the pandemic crisis. I will highlight some of the ongoing initiatives to address these measurement challenges, and outline some ideas to enhance further the quality of official statistics.