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  • 5-June-2017

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    Statistical Insights: What role for supply-use tables?

    Supply-use tables provide the key accounting mechanism to ensure coherence between the various sources of data and approaches countries use to estimate GDP–expenditure, output and income. They also have the potential to inform a wide range of policy areas. What are supply-use tables? Supply-use tables (SUTs) provide a detailed overview of transactions in goods and services by industries and consumers.

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  • 11-April-2017

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    A primer on government-sponsored pension schemes in the national accounts and their impact on the interpretation of government debt statistics

    Statistics Working Paper N. 81, 2017/5 - Government debt has many characteristics and thus cannot be fully captured by one indicator. There are several different ways of defining government debt, and each definition can lead to different interpretations of a government’s financial situation. This working paper will summarise some of the major differences in defining and measuring government debt and, based on available data, ...

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  • 20-February-2017

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    2014 saw most countries revising GDP estimates upwards

    OECD countries are implementing the system of national accounts 2008 (SNA08). The major methodological changes which have the most impact on the level of GDP refer to investment.

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  • 14-January-2017

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    Expert Group on Disparities in a National Accounts Framework: results from the 2015 exercise

    Statistics Working Paper N. 76, 2016/10 - In 2011, an Expert Group was launched to carry out a feasibility study on the compilation of distributional measures of income, consumption and wealth across household groups consistent with national accounts data. This group developed a methodology on the basis of which first experimental results on income, consumption and savings according to income quintiles were compiled and published...

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  • 6-October-2016

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    Statistical Insights: What does GDP per capita tell us about households’ material well-being?

    Although GDP per capita is often used as a broad measure of average living standards, high levels of GDP per capita do not necessarily mean high levels of household disposable income, a key measure of average material well-being of people.

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  • 17-June-2016

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    Measuring GDP in a digitalised economy

    Statistics Working Paper N. 73, 2016/7 - Recent years have seen a rapid emergence of new disruptive technologies with new forms of intermediation, service provision and consumption, with digitalisation being a common characteristic. These include new platforms that facilitate Peer-to-Peer transactions, such as AirBnB and Uber, new activities such as crowd sourcing,...

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  • 23-May-2016

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    The drivers of differences between growth in GDP and household adjusted disposable income in OECD countries

    Statistics Working Paper N. 71, 2016/6 - Growth in household income has evolved differently from gross domestic product (GDP) in most OECD countries over the last eighteen years. Using the wealth of information available in the System of National Accounts, this paper provides an assessment of what may be driving this gap

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  • 28-January-2016

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    Statistical Insights: Government assets matter too, not just debt

    In analysing the sustainability of government finances, the focus tends to be on gross government debt as a percentage of GDP. However, as gross debt does not take into account the asset side of government balance sheets, this measure only tells part of the story. Assets may generate income or be sold in order to redeem part of gross debt, and are therefore very relevant in assessing the financial health of government as well.

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  • 14-December-2015

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    National Accounts at a Glance 2015

    National Accounts at a Glance presents information using an 'indicator' approach, focusing on cross-country comparisons. The aim being to make the national accounts more accessible and informative, whilst, at the same time, taking the opportunity to present the conceptual underpinning of, and comparability issues inherent in, each of the indicators presented. The range of indicators reflects the richness inherent in the national accounts dataset and encourages users to refocus some of the spotlight that is often placed on gross domestic product (GDP) to other economic important indicators, which may better respond to their needs. The publication is broken down into eight key chapters, and provides indicators related to GDP, income, disposable income, expenditure, production, household, government, corporations and capital respectively.
  • 29-July-2015

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    Revisions of quarterly GDP in selected OECD countries

    The data analyses the size of revisions for the first estimates of seasonally adjusted, quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year GDP volume growth rates, as published in successive issues of the OECD Main Economic Indicators database and collected in the Revisions Analysis Dataset – Infra-annual Indicators online dataset.

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