Data and the crisis: gaps, initiatives and challenges

A crisis of global proportions is ongoing. This crisis has some very distinctive manifestations. It is notably severe (including in terms of lost output and high unemployment), has affected all the industrialised economies, and a large number of emerging and developing economies, and has a high speed of propagation. The crisis has also a data dimension. A question is whether the crisis was not anticipated because of, among other factors, weaknesses in the quality of existing data and/or becau