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Resurrecting the UK Historic Sector National Accounts


  • Bill Martin


The UK national accounts do not provide a full long-run set of historic data describing the behaviour of the UK's private sector. Although comprehensive figures are available from 1987, the pre-1987 historic sector national accounts are marred by discontinuities, gaps and error. A partial solution is described that enables the compilation of consistent historic figures for sectors' income and expenditure flows, albeit at a high level of sector aggregation. Particular attention is paid to transfer incomes and associated inter-sector flows. To our knowledge, our dataset is the only one freely available that provides a basis, albeit an incomplete one, for a serious examination of Britain's post-war macroeconomic history. Coherent financial flow, balance sheet and volume data and further sector disaggregation are required to complete the picture. An annual dataset is provided as a supplement to the article

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  • Bill Martin, 2007. "Resurrecting the UK Historic Sector National Accounts," Working Papers wp356, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge.
  • Handle: RePEc:cbr:cbrwps:wp356
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    1. Bill Martin, 2009. "Resurrecting The U.K. Historic Sector National Accounts," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 55(3), pages 737-751, September.

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    UK national accounts; European System of Accounts; data corruption; private sector; Statistics Commission;

    JEL classification:

    • E01 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Measurement and Data on National Income and Product Accounts and Wealth; Environmental Accounts
    • E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment


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