Economics

Economic Time-Series for Research Purposes

Real-Time GDP Database

A real-time database is a collection of data vintages, where a vintage represents a time series that was the latest data at a particular point in time. Such a database therefore provides a snapshot of the data available in real time, that is, the data actually at the disposal of users at any given point in the past.

A real-time database has several applications. It can be used to study data revisions, to examine whether empirical macroeconomic results are sensitive to the data vintage used, to evaluate policy actions ex-post and to evaluate forecasts.

In light of this, the Central Bank of Malta has constructed a real-time database for Malta. This database covers gross domestic product and its main expenditure components, in both real and nominal terms.

For further details, see Grech, O. (2018), "An Analysis of Revisions to Maltese GDP Data", Research Bulletin 2018, Central Bank of Malta, pp. 27-34 

Last updated: September 2020

Historical Annual Database

This database provides a consistent macroeconomic time-series for Malta using as much as possible official data. It fills a gap in Maltese macroeconomic data, which generally do not extend back beyond the year 2000 and which are subject to a number of breaks in series.  For periods where data are not currently provided by the relevant statistical bodies, data were sourced from previously available official data. 

It should be noted that the series found in this database are not to be considered as national statistics, but rather as data to be used exclusively for research and analysis purposes.

More information about this database can be found here:

The evolution of the Maltese economy since independence (1726k)

Last updated: October 2020