Crisis showed need for ‘more and better' stats, says IMF

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At a forum in Washington, IMF deputy managing director David Lipton this week called for more and better data to be gathered, in the interests of the stability of global and domestic financial systems.

The forum, organised by the IMF's statistics department, brought together academics, private-sector analysts, data compilers and decision makers to discuss "the key role of statistics in support of effective policy actions".

Lipton told the forum that the recent financial crisis had "revealed a

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