By Louis Marc Ducharme, James Tebrake, and Zaijin Zhan
Accurate and timely economic data are crucial for informing policy decisions, especially during a crisis. But the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the production of many key statistics. Without reliable data, policymakers cannot assess how badly the pandemic is hurting people and the economy, nor can they properly monitor the recovery.
We are working with member countries and other international agencies to address these data disruptions and keep economic data flowing.
The significant data disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic require innovative data collection methods and data sources.
Three key statistical challenges
First, many staff in national statistical offices are now working from home due to lockdowns, often with