is there a way in NIPA accounts to see a measure of size/change in private debt stock , and how is it measured? if not then how is it measured?


What you want is the Flow of Funds (which measures transactions and levels of assets and liabilities), not the National Income and Product Accounts, which primarily measure output and (mostly, though not entirely, physical) capital stock.

  • $\begingroup$ many thanks, i suppose the size of householder debt, and corporate debt is measured simply by adding up their loans from banks , and bonds outstanding for the latter ? $\endgroup$ – Randor Jan 10 '19 at 12:08
  • $\begingroup$ For consumers, it’s a combination of bank loans, mortgages and consumer credit (which don’t all come from banks, and “other” loans (mostly from government, especially student loans). $\endgroup$ – dismalscience Jan 10 '19 at 13:07
  • $\begingroup$ For corporates, it’s a much longer list, including things you wouldn’t necessarily think of off the top of your head, like pension liabilities. You can see it in the levels table: federalreserve.gov/apps/fof/DisplayTable.aspx?t=l.103 $\endgroup$ – dismalscience Jan 10 '19 at 13:14

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