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National accounts: barometer, telescope and compass for the national economy

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  • Bos, Frits

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This note briefly describes the merits and limitations of the national accounts, e.g. GDP per capita is a simple measure of material welfare, but not a comprehensive measure of welfare.

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  • Bos, Frits, 2011. "National accounts: barometer, telescope and compass for the national economy," MPRA Paper 29671, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:29671
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    1. Frits Bos, 2006. "The development of the Dutch national accounts as a tool for analysis and policy," Statistica Neerlandica, Netherlands Society for Statistics and Operations Research, vol. 60(2), pages 225-258.
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    Keywords

    GDP; welfare; measurement in economics; macro-economic statistics; fiscal policy; macro-economic policy; economic growth;

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    • C82 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Macroeconomic Data; Data Access
    • A20 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - General
    • E01 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Measurement and Data on National Income and Product Accounts and Wealth; Environmental Accounts
    • C67 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Input-Output Models
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • E60 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - General

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