8th IMF Statistical Forum: Measuring the Economics of a Pandemic

Given the social and economic struggles triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, governments and international organizations are focusing on the most urgent policy needs and are reprioritizing their short- and medium-term work programs. In this context, the IMF Statistics Department (STA) has decided to postpone the Statistical Forum on Climate Change Indicators that was scheduled for November 2020 to next year. Instead, a Statistical Forum on Measuring the Economics of a Pandemic will be held on the same dates, November 18–19, 2020.  This year’s Forum will examine the statistical implications of the crisis both for the types of data needed for policymaking, as well as for the statistical work itself—source data collection and processing, and the production and dissemination of indicators.