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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION
  Title SPF - Survey of Professional Forecasters
  Data source European Central Bank
  Contact email address Statistical Information Request form
  Contact organisation unit DGED-PAC
 
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  Data presentation - Summary description The ECB Survey of Professional Forecasters (SPF) is a quarterly survey of expectations for the rates of inflation, real GDP growth and unemployment in the euro area for several horizons, together with a quantitative assessment of the uncertainty surrounding them. The participants are experts affiliated with financial or non-financial institutions based within the European Union. As of 2015 the results are reported in a standalone web publication on a quarterly basis (i.e. in February, May, August and November) on the dedicated SPF webpage.
  Data presentation - Detailed description Additional information can be found in Occasional Papers No. 8 "An introduction to the ECB Survey of Professional Forecasters"and No. 59 "The ECB Survey of Professional Forecasters - A review after eight years' experience" .
  Reference area coverage Euro area
  Sector coverage Whole economy
  Time coverage 1999 - now
 
METHODOLOGICAL INFORMATION
  Time period 1999 - four to five years ahead of the current calendar year
  Frequency of data collection Quarterly
 
DISSEMINATION
  Release policy The SPF is an input to non-monetary policy meetings of the ECB's Governing Council (in January, April, July and October) and results are released to the public on the following day.
  Release policy - release calendar The release date of the upcoming survey round is announced on the dedicated SPF webpage.
  Release policy - release calendar access An overview of the dates when the regular surveys were conducted and published is publicly available.
 
MISCELLANEOUS
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