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Questions tagged [national-accounts]

Covers how National Accounts statistics should be interpreted, as well as information regarding how National Statistical Institutes compile these concepts. May also answer questions raised by the international statistical community on methodological best practice for these statistics.

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What's the difference (if any) between “fixed assets” and “fixed capital” in the UN SNA?

From my reading of the UN System of National Accounts (2008 update), "fixed assets" and "fixed capital" seem to be completely synonymous. Yet strangely there seem to be these two different terms. So ...
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Foreign exchange reserves in the government's budget constraint

The following is an excerpt from Montiel's Macroeconomics in Emerging Markets (1st edition): B: Privately owned bonds DC: Government bonds held by the central bank sB*: Bonds held by foreigners, ...
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How is labor demand measured?

For instance, in the introduction of this paper (first paragraph), talking about Figure 1, they say that labor demand is measured as the real wage bill normalized by population. Is it common to ...
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What is the Canonical Metric for Investment? (U.S.)

I'm currently taking a run-of-the-mill Intermediate Macro class and have coursework which asks to produce a vis that tracks U.S. Investment from 1970-2014. What is the salient/canonical National ...
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Balance of payments abbreviations

I am trying to decipher certain abbreviations related to balance of payments. They are strange, and i have to admit i have no idea what did they mean furthermore i was not able to find anything ...
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List of countries moved to developed economies in the last 50 years

I read in Bloomberg that five countries moved to advanced economies in the last 50 years from developing economies and one of them was Singapore. Wondering what are the other four countries? The ...
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How to estimate Enterprise Savings from the National Accounts?

I am looking for a way to estimate private savings/enterprise savings (for non-financial enterprises). I have looked at national accounting data for Panama but I am not sure how to estimate private ...
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In a social accounting matrix, what does Capital refer to?

In the process of building a social accounting matrix for Panama, I am trying to understand what capital refers to. The Panamanian National Accounts have tables on capital, but they describe gross ...
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When building a social accounting matrix, do you input domestic intermediate demand or total intermediate demand?

I have been trying to build a social accounting matrix (SAM) after building an input-output table (IOT). In the IOT, I had to distinguish between total intermediate demand (which includes import of ...
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Intermediate demand vs. Intermediate consumption

I am trying to understand what's the difference between intermediate consumption and intermediate demand. The context is the European System of Accounts, which says that intermediate demand is the ...
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Nominal GDP to Current purchasing power parity

Hi I would like to convert nominal GDP in current US dollars to current purchasing power parity in 2011 US dollars. Is this nominal GDP already converted? if GDP were in LCU I would convert it to ...
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Is the GDP at Market Prices same as the GVA at Market Prices?

My textbook describes the GVA at Market Prices as: GVA at Basic Prices + Product Taxes - Product Subsidies. Various sources online refer this same sum (GVA at Basic Prices + Product Taxes - Product ...
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Table 11.1 in UN System of National Accounts (2008)

In the UN System of National Accounts (2008), paragraph 11.17 (p. 221) states: The evolution of net lending can be seen clearly in table 11.1. Non-financial corporations are shown to have a net ...
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Specific question about some figures in national accounts

I have highlighted four highlighted numbers in the UN System of National Accounts (p. 31, Table 2.13). My question is: What are these numbers? My guesses: 6 = Compensation paid by foreign firms to ...