The Economic teams publish macro-economic and structural data series as well as survey data pertaining to the EBRD's countries of operation.
1. EBRD's growth forecasts are released three times per year together with economic vulnerability indicators, macro economic key series and financial market data in the annex of the Regional Economic Prospects publication.
2. Other annual series are released once every year in conjunction with the Transition Report :
Ratings of progress of transition in 29 countries and 14 sectors on a scale from 1 to 4+.
Macro economic statistics
Data in key areas such as output, employment, prices, external sector etc.
Structural change indicators
Quantitative data pertaining to enterprises, markets and trade, the financial sector and infrastructure.
Transition development snapshots
These complement the structural change indicators by highlighting qualitative developments.
The EBRD undertakes surveys in a number of areas that are related to its operational activities and where the findings are critical for its understanding of transition. Most of these projects are funded in part by external donors and implemented in partnerships with other institutions. The EBRD is committed to make survey data available publicly, subject to confidentiality concerns and agreement with our partners.
The survey examines the quality of the business environment as determined by a wide range of interactions between firms and the state. BEEPS has been supported by various donors over time, including the Taiwan Business - EBRD TC Fund, EBRD - Canadian Technical Cooperation Fund 2006-2009 (BEEPS IV) and the Japan Europe Cooperation Fund and the Multi-donor Fund for the Early Transition Countries (BEEPS III).
The EBRD implemented the Management, Organisation and Innovation (MOI) Survey in partnership with the World Bank in 2008 and 2009, in conjunction with BEEPS IV. The MOI survey is based on the work of Nick Bloom and John Van Reenen. The purpose of this survey is to measure and compare management practices across countries, to assess the constraints to private sector growth and enterprise performance resulting from management practices and to stimulate policy dialogue on the management practices and innovation. Almost 1,800 manufacturing establishments were interviewed in 10 transition countries (Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan), Germany and India.
The purpose of this survey, conducted jointly with the World Bank in 2006, is to assess the impact of transition on people, through their personal and professional trajectories in 15 years of transition and to understand how these personal experiences of transition relate to contemporaneous attitudes towards market reforms and political evolution. 29,000 individuals were interviewed in 28 transition countries plus Turkey. Donors include Canada, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
Preliminary results indicate that only 30% of people living in transition countries believe their lives are better now than they were when the Berlin Wall fell. However more people are satisfied than dissatisfied with their lives since the end of communism, said EBRD political counsellor Alan Rousso at a conference marking the EBRD's 15th anniversary. Even more encouraging were results showing the majority believe the future is bright for their children. The Bank will be analysing the data from the survey further and will report those results in the coming months.
The EBRD Banking Environment and Performance Survey (BEPS) was conducted on a random sample of banks in 20 countries (all transition countries except Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) in summer 2005. A common questionnaire, translated into each local language, was presented to a senior bank officer in an interview. 220 banks responded to the questionnaire.
The survey responses obtain detailed data on the credit and deposit activities of the banks in greater detail than available from the balance sheet and the other business activities of the bank. In addition, senior management was asked about their use of risk management techniques and their perceptions of the security rights of lenders, bankruptcy law and its application and effectiveness of government regulatory policy. Results from this survey can not be made available because the confidentially agreement with the banks. However, some of the analysis using BEPS can be found in the Transition Report 2006 (3MB - PDF).