The demand for high quality detailed public finance statistics
covering a globally representative sample of countries has
increased dramatically during the recent financial crisis. Due to
the complexity of public finance statistics, however, such data
tend to be either available in oversimplified high level aggregates
and lacking in methodological transparency, or, available with a
great level of detail and a unified methodological approach yet
overly complicated to understand. The IMF's Government Finance
Statistics Yearbook shows fiscal data of around 140 countries
following the Government Finance Statistics Manual 2001 framework.
The associated database includes data series covering over an
almost 40 year period. The IMF's Statistics Department embarked on
several initiatives to improve its accessibility
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