National accounts

Special Conference on “W(h)ither the SNA?” – Paris, April 16-17, 2015


On Thursday, April 16 and Friday 17, at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris, France, the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) and OECD will host a special conference looking at the longer term future of the system of national accounts. 

Objective of Conference

The objective of the special OECD-IARIW conference is to look at the longer term future of the SNA, and in particular ask the question - w(h)ither the SNA is headed?


Discussion will focus on the following issues: 

  • Administrative and analytical uses tend to pull in opposite directions; can this be halted? Is it possible, and is there the will, to find a future development path of national accounts that allows it to develop in ways that will satisfy analytical as well as administrative needs? 
  • How can we raise awareness of the possibilities that the accounting framework of national accounts can provide to economic research? How can we enlarge the knowledge of the system of national accounts in university curricula of economics and econometrics?
  • How can the system of national accounts be enhanced in order to stay relevant in providing the data needed to understand the evolving global economy and key economic developments? 
  • What is the place of national accounts in the debate about the measurement of wellbeing, sustainability and other issues raised by the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitousssi report? Should national accounts be confined to the measurement of economic activities or should it be progressively extended to better address these issues?
  • And in general, what are the main questions related to policy and research that the system of national accounts needs to address in the future?


Organisation of Conference

The conference will take place on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17, 2015 at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris, France. The structure of the conference will follow the template developed for past IARIW special conferences, in particular the successful IARIW-OECD special conference on economic security held at the same location in November 2011.

The organisation of the conference will be divided between the IARIW secretariat and the OECD, with the division of responsibilities similar to that of the 2011 joint IARIW-OECD conference. The IARIW secretariat will assume responsibility for communications with all conference participants and maintain the conference program on the IARIW website. The OECD will assume responsibility for the conference website, conference registration, and local logistics. 

There will be no registration fee for the conference, but all delegates, except those invited by the OECD, must be IARIW members, or join the IARIWDelegates are responsible for their own travel costs, lunches, and hotel.


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