Archive - Experimental statistics

Archive: Experimental statistics

Eurostat Laboratory (2011-2014)

The Eurostat Laboratory was created in 2011 to initiate, lead and support the development of new statistical projects in cross-cutting statistical areas. 

Aims & missions

The mission of the Laboratory was to assist Eurostat and its partners in the European Statistical System in answering newly emerging statistical needs in a timely way.

It aimed at promoting innovation and facilitating integration between different domains of European Statistics.

From September 2012 the Laboratory team and projects were intergrated into Eurostat's Directorate F "Social Statistics".

Overview of the projects

Improvement of the coverage of the quality of life dimensions in European statistics (2012-2014)

  • Development of indicators to cover quality of life dimensions in line with the recommendation of the Sponsorship Group on "Measuring progress, well-being and sustainable development" to the ESSC
  • For more information, click here

Regional dimension of the social indicators of the Europe 2020 strategy (2012-2014)

  • Development of regional estimates (NUTS 2) for the social headline indicators

Valuation of social transfers in kind in household surveys (Dec 2011-2013)

  • Development of guidelines for imputing social transfers in kind, starting with EU-SILC, in order to improve income distribution statistics

Reconciliation of macro and micro data sources on households' economic resources (2010-2012)

  • Enhancement of the household perspective by complementing average measures of income, consumption and wealth with distributional indicators;
  • Setting of European guidelines for producing distributional indicators
  • Final report

Poverty and social exclusion indicator of the Europe 2020 strategy (2011-2013)

  • Data quality measurement and improvement
  • Additional publications based on existing data
  • For more information, click here

Improvement of Europe 2020 quality profiles (2011-2013)

  • Facilitation of production and improvement of coherence with related information
  • For more information, click here

Following project has been passed over to Eurostat Directorate G "Business Statstics":

Monitoring of the European Research Area (ERA) in the framework of Europe 2020 (2011-2012)

  • Development of an indicator to monitor government financing of research infrastructures
  • For more information, click here


Archived experimental statistics (2017 onwards)

Experimental statistics that became official European statistics

Quarterly registrations of new business and declaration of bankruptcies

  • Period as experimental statistics: 2020-2021
  • Monitoring registrations of new businesses and declarations of bankruptcies on a quarterly basis is highly relevant as it provides more up to date and frequent information on the developments in the economic environment for businesses than the traditional annual business demography statistics.
  • More information: Short-term business statistics - data page and Statistics Explained article.


  • Period as experimental statistics: 2017-2021
  • The FIGARO tables provide experimental EU inter-country supply, use and input-output tables for the reference year 2010 in current prices. It is experimental because of the asymmetry in EU country's trade data, requiring us to estimate the import uses matrices for each EU member by country of origin. Other adjustments were needed along the compilation process to balance trade asymmetries and align the trade statistical concepts with those of national accounts.
  • More information: Figaro page on the Eurostat website.

Discontinued experimental statistics

Food Price Monitoring Tool

  • Period as experimental statistics: 2017-2021
  • Food prices are established through transactions between various actors in the food chain (e.g. farmers, food processors, wholesalers, retailers and final consumers). The food price monitoring tool brings together data on price developments in the different steps of the supply chain. Eurostat has estimated price transmission indicators:  the proportion of the price change at one stage of the food supply chain that is estimated to be transmitted to the next.
  • More information: HICP methodology page, section on ‘Food price monitoring tool’