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Report of the OECD Task Force on Software Measurement in the National Accounts


  • François Lequiller
  • Nadim Ahmad
  • Seppo Varjonen
  • William Cave
  • Kil-Hyo Ahn


This statistical working paper is the exact copy of the report of the joint OECD/Eurostat task force that was presented at the October 2002 OECD National Accounts Expert Meeting. The report confirms that current estimates of software investment differ significantly between countries for pure statistical reasons, thus affecting the comparability of GDP. The objective of this report is to propose concrete recommendations for a harmonised re-estimation of software investment in the national accounts. Recommendations cover definitional and conceptual issues (what is software?, what is software investment?), measurement issues in international trade and price, as well as general methods of estimation (sources and commodity-flow methods). The principle of the recommendations has been adopted by a large majority of OECD member countries during the October 2002 meeting. However, new estimates based on these recommendations should only be available in the forthcoming years, depending on the ... Ce document de travail statistique est l’exacte copie du rapport du groupe de travail spécial conjoint OCDE/Eurostat qui a été présenté à la réunion d’octobre 2002 des experts comptables nationaux de l’OCDE. Le rapport confirme que les estimations actuelles de l’investissement en logiciel diffèrent significativement entre pays purement du fait de raisons statistiques, affectant la comparabilité des PIB. L’objective du rapport est de proposer des recommandations concrètes pour une ré estimation harmonisée de l’investissement en logiciels dans les comptes nationaux. Les recommandations couvrent les questions conceptuelles et de définition (qu’est qu’un logiciel ? qu’est ce que l’investissement en logiciel ?), les questions de mesure en commerce international et en prix, ainsi que les méthodes générales d’estimation (sources et équilibre emplois ressources du produit). Le principe de ces recommandations a été approuvé par une large majorité des pays membres de l’OCDE pendant la ...

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  • François Lequiller & Nadim Ahmad & Seppo Varjonen & William Cave & Kil-Hyo Ahn, 2003. "Report of the OECD Task Force on Software Measurement in the National Accounts," OECD Statistics Working Papers 2003/1, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:stdaaa:2003/1-en

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    1. Andrew Sharpe, 2014. "What Explains the Canada-U.S. Software Investment Intensity Gap?," CSLS Research Reports 2014-04, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
    2. Carol A. Robbins, 2009. "Measuring Payments for the Supply and Use of Intellectual Property," NBER Chapters,in: International Trade in Services and Intangibles in the Era of Globalization, pages 139-171 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Berger Florian, 2012. "Measuring the Knowledge Economy – Intangible Spending and Investment in Germany," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 232(1), pages 12-30, February.
    4. Rouchy, Philippe, 2011. "Swedish embedded software and vertically integrated industries: an appraisal," MPRA Paper 50504, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Salem, Meir & Siddiqi, Yusuf, 2006. "A Proposal for Treating Research and Development As Capital Expenditures in the Canadian SNA," Economic Analysis (EA) Research Paper Series 2006040e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
    6. Salem, Meir & Siddiqi, Yusuf, 2006. "Proposition pour le traitement de la recherche et du developpement comme une depense en immobilisations dans le SCN du Canada," Serie de documents de recherche sur l'analyse economique (AE) 2006040f, Statistics Canada, Direction des etudes analytiques.

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