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Use, Misuse and Proper Use of National Accounts Statistics

Frits Bos

CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis


National Accounts and Occasional Paper No. NA-096

In this paper, the relevance of national accounts statistics and their underlying conceptual framework is investigated for their four roles: description and object of analysis, tool for analysis and forecasting, tool for communication and decision-making and input for alternative accounts, budgetary rules and estimates. For each role, the merits and limitations of national accounts statistics are described and discussed. Proper use should be stimulated by improving education and marketing and by supplementing national accounts statistics with information about their meaning and reliability.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 35

Keywords: national accounts, relevance and reliability, forecasting, economic and fiscal policy

JEL Classification: C82, H00, C0, E01

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Date posted: April 23, 2007 ; Last revised: January 26, 2009

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Bos, Frits, Use, Misuse and Proper Use of National Accounts Statistics (2007). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=982068 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.982068

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CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis ( email )
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2508 GM The Hague, 2585 JR
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