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Tuesday, June 15
Tue, Jun 15, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Panel: Producing official statistics during the COVID-19 pandemic

Producing Official Statistics During the COVID-19 Pandemic (309741)

*Nadim Ahmad, OECD 
*Duncan Elliott, Office for National Statistics 
*Corinna Konig, Institute for Employment Research 
*Dane Mead, Australian Bureau of Statistics 
*Tanya M Price, Australian Bureau of Statistics 
*Luisa Ryan, Australian Bureau of Statistics 
*Joseph Sakshaug, Institute for Employment Research / University of Mannheim 
*Marieke Volkert, IAB 

Keywords: pandemic, innovation, survey processes

The COVID-19 pandemic increased risks to the production of official statistics, particularly in relation to: maintaining response rates as employees moved to working from home or working reduced hours; established methods e.g. business register updating and seasonal adjustment; and the volume of government policies initiated in response to the pandemic that needed to be classified and implemented into economic statistics in near real-time. In addition, there was an unprecedented demand from users for more timely and detailed information to monitor the impacts. This moderated discussion reviews how National Statistical Organisations responded, covering a variety of topics including business register maintenance, innovations obtaining response, classification challenges, trend and seasonal adjustment for short term statistics, and future directions.