I'm planning to ask a question about the accounting methodology employed by the IMF on their GFS, the GFSM. Is this within the scope?

The would-be question:

How can I identify whenever a GFS dataset is using accrued and cash values?

I'm using the Government Finance Statistics from the IMF for a project. I know that I can't operate with cash basis and accrued values as the results can be skewed. I've found [several resources link follows] that strongly imply that they prefer accrued, but accept cash values. How can I identify whenever the datasets I'm consulting use any of these?

For example, this query and it's metadata makes no mention of either.

  • GFS: Government Finance Statistics
  • GFSM: Government Finance Statistics Manual
  • $\begingroup$ My impression is that this would be a great question for this site. On another note, could you expand the acronyms? I don't know what GFSG means. $\endgroup$
    – jmbejara
    Dec 20, 2016 at 22:26
  • $\begingroup$ @jmbejara it means a typo. $\endgroup$
    – Braiam
    Dec 20, 2016 at 22:32

1 Answer 1


I believe this is on topic because it is a clear question regarding a query of economic related data. See the related help page for this site:

Queries for Data: Queries for Data sets and data in general are on-topic here. You can also try the Open Data SE site.

  • $\begingroup$ Ι second on-topicness - it is very important that one understands the data collection / transformation methodology in order to use it correctly and not misleadingly. $\endgroup$ Dec 29, 2016 at 14:13

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