Methodological document on statistical use of economic administrative records

This document was prepared by the Working Group on Administrative Records of the Statistical Conference of the Americas, biennium, 2020-2021. The Working Group was coordinated by Colombia (National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE)) and Mexico (National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI)), with the Statistics Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) as technical secretariat.  

This methodological document is intended to furnish the countries of the region with a set of guidelines and recommendations for producing innovative and timely economic statistics, and to provide greater benefits by making statistical use of administrative records on economic issues. For this, four fundamental inputs were taken as reference: i) the book “Register-based Statistics: Administrative Data for Statistical Purposes” by Anders Wallgren and Brit Wallgren; ii) the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Guidelines on Statistical Business Registers; iii) the UNECE “Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM) (Version 1.0, September 2016)”; and iv) the experience of the countries in the region. 

This document consists of 11 chapters. The first chapter discusses the importance of administrative records. Chapter II provides a vision for a system of economic administrative records. Chapters III to X develop recommendations and guidelines for each of the eight phases of the Model: specification of needs, design, construction, collection, processing, analysis, dissemination and evaluation. Lastly, chapter XI contains conclusions and recommendations.

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