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The history of national accounting


  • Bos, Frits


At present, the national accounts in most countries are compiled on the basis of concepts and classifications in international guidelines. In this paper, we trace the roots of these guidelines, compare the subsequent quidelines and discuss also alternative accounting systems like extended accounts and SAMs.

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  • Bos, Frits, 1992. "The history of national accounting," MPRA Paper 5952, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:5952

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    1. Scott, Maurice, 1984. "Maintaining Capital Intact," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 36(0), pages 59-73, Supplemen.
    2. Eisner, Robert, 1988. "Extended Accounts for National Income and Product," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 26(4), pages 1611-1684, December.
    3. Maddison, Angus, 1987. "Growth and Slowdown in Advanced Capitalist Economies: Techniques of Quantitative Assessment," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 25(2), pages 649-698, June.
    4. R. E. Moody, 1941. "A Reply," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 23(3), pages 651-653.
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    measurement in economics; national accounts; history of economics;

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    • B0 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - General
    • E6 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook
    • C8 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs


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