Meaning and Measurement of National Accounts Statistics

40 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2013

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Frits Bos

CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis

Date Written: March 12, 2013

Abstract

This paper provides an introductory overview of the meaning and measurement of national accounts statistics. Attention is paid to the various uses of national accounts, the role of the international guidelines, the relationship with economic theoretic and administrative concepts and the measurement practice. The latter is also compared with compiling other statistics, econometric modelling and a barometer: what are the similarities and differences?

Keywords: Uses of national accounts, history of national accounting and macro-economic statistics, relevance and reliability of the national accounts, Petty, King, Vauban, Quesnay, Keynes, Clark, Kuznets, Leontief, Tinbergen, Hicks, Stone, Meade, guidelines on national accounting, European unification

JEL Classification: B00, C82, D70, E01, E60, O10, O20, O47, O57, Q56

Suggested Citation

Bos, Frits, Meaning and Measurement of National Accounts Statistics (March 12, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2231937 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2231937

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