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Research and Statistics

​Our research underpins everything we do, from drawing up policies to designing banknotes.

What research does the Bank of England do?

Bank of England researchers take part in academic conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals. Our staff can voice their own views on topical research issues in the Bank Underground blog and in working papers, which we publish to encourage comments and debate. We also organise our own research seminars and conferences.

Our One Bank Research Agenda sets out five main themes for our research priorities. We welcome contribution to our research from academics, policymakers and experts outside the Bank of England and across all disciplines.

Statistics and data at the Bank of England

The Bank of England gathers and analyses data from banks and building societies, credit unions, insurers and mortgage companies. We publish much of this data online in our regular statistical releases.

The data we gather is used within the Bank to inform policy decisions, and also by UK government departments and international organisations. 

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is a major customer for our data. A Firm Agreement governs the relationship between the Bank and ONS, with the ONS providing an annual assessment of our performance.

Bank and ONS Firm Agreement executive summary

We also provide data to the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

We use the following policies to govern how we compile our statistics: