The Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the
Caribbean seeks to respond to the demands of users who
require reliable and sound statistical information in order to
analyse the economic, social and environmental situation
of the region.
This edition of the Statistical Yearbook is similar in
structure to the 2009 edition as no significant changes in
terms of content or design have been introduced.
The Yearbook comprises four chapters. The first
covers demographic and social indicators, reflecting special
efforts to mainstream the gender perspective in statistical
information. The second chapter presents economic statistics
relating to trade, balance-of-payments and prices, as well as
national accounts. Taking account of the growing concern
of the regional and international community for sustainable
development, the third chapter provides the quantitative
information available on the environment. While priority
is given to data from international sources, the electronic
version also includes the data available and compiled by the
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
(ECLAC) on each of the countries of the region.
Given the abundance of different, sometimes
conflicting, data now accessible to researchers through the
Internet, special attention must be paid to the data sheets on
which the source of the data, their definition and coverage
are specified. This information is presented in the fourth
chapter, which deals with methodology and metadata,
supplementing the more specific information contained in
the footnotes to each of the tables of this Yearbook.