Uses of National Accounts; History, International Standardization and Applications in the Netherlands

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Frits Bos

CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis

Date Written: June 30, 2008

Abstract

The national accounts is commonly known by its key-aggregates (e.g. GDP and saving) and their role in public debate and decision-making. However, the national accounts plays many different roles for many different uses. This paper provides an overview of the development of these roles and uses since the seventeenth century. Three periods are distinguished: the early estimates (1660-1930), revolutionary decades (1930-1950) and the era of the international guidelines (1950-present). The paper discusses these roles and uses also much more in detail for one country: the Netherlands, a country which played an important role in modern national accounting and where expert data users, like the CPB, SCP and the Dutch central bank, have developed several interesting applications of the national accounts.

Keywords: Uses of the national accounts, history of national accounting, history of taxation, economic growth, Dutch national accounts, relevance and reliability of the national accounts, Petty, King, Vauban, Quesnay, Keynes, Clark, Kuznets, Leontief, Tinbergen, Hicks, van Cleeff, Stone, Meade

JEL Classification: B16, B22, B23, C82, D70, E01, E60, O10, O20, O47, O57, Q56

Suggested Citation

Bos, Frits, Uses of National Accounts; History, International Standardization and Applications in the Netherlands (June 30, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1153354 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1153354

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