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  • 6-November-2017

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    Understanding Financial Accounts

    Understanding Financial Accounts seeks to show how a range of questions on financial developments can be answered with the framework of financial accounts and balance sheets, by providing non-technical explanations illustrated with practical examples: What are the basic principles, concepts and definitions used for this framework which is part of the system of national accounts? What sources and which methodologies are used for their compilation? How are these used to monitor and analyse economic and financial developments? What can we learn about the 2007-2009 economic and financial crisis when looking at the numbers provided in this framework? What can we learn about financial risks and vulnerabilities? This publication is intended for young statisticians, students, journalists, economists, policy makers and citizens, who want to know more about the statistics that are at the heart of the analysis of financial developments in OECD economies.
  • 5-October-2017

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    Contributions to GDP growth: second quarter 2017, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

    Pick-up in private consumption and investment drives higher OECD GDP growth in second quarter of 2017

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  • 21-September-2017

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    Quarterly Gross Domestic Product and other Quarterly National Account statistics, OECD

    In the OECD's Quarterly National Accounts you can find GDP growth rates, GDP by expenditure and by industry, investment, disposable income, saving and net lending and GDP by income. Population and employment data and employment by industry are also available.

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  • 20-September-2017

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    Eurostat-OECD compilation guide on inventories - 2017 edition

    The Eurostat-OECD compilation guide on inventories represents the first comprehensive overview of conceptual and practical issues related to the compilation of the balance-sheet item ‘inventories’ in the national accounts.The estimation of inventories and changes in inventories in national accounts is often very difficult. Therefore it is the aim of this compilation guide to provide conceptual and practical guidance to statisticians on the estimation and valuation of inventories in mutual coherence with the transaction changes in inventories, and by doing so, to increase international comparability for these items. The guide clarifies theoretical concepts and possible data sources. It elaborates several estimation methods for both the asset inventories and the transaction changes in inventories, including their breakdowns into products, industries and institutional sectors. The compilation guide also addresses several special estimation cases and provides the results of a questionnaire — completed by 34 countries — on country practices regarding the estimation of inventories.The Eurostat-OECD compilation guide on inventories was prepared by the Task Force on Land and other non-financial assets under the joint leadership of Eurostat and the OECD. Representatives from various European Union (EU) and non-EU OECD countries were represented as well as the European Central Bank.
  • 14-September-2017

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    G20 GDP Growth - Second quarter of 2017, OECD

    G20 GDP growth accelerates to 0.9% in second quarter of 2017

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  • 7-September-2017

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    Statistical Insights: What does household debt say about financial resilience?

    ‌Household debt levels increased rapidly in many economies in the run-up to the 2007-2008 financial crisis, fuelled in part by easy credit and rising property prices. Ratios of debt to annual income – used by lenders to determine households’ repayment capacity – then reached record highs across OECD countries. These debt levels have since continued to rise in most OECD countries...

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  • 21-July-2017

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    Can potential mismeasurement of the digital economy explain the post-crisis slowdown in GDP and productivity growth?

    Statistics Working Paper N. 85, 2017/9 - The digital economy has created some new measurement challenges for macroeconomic statistics and may have exacerbated some older ones, raising some concerns about the scope and estimation of GDP. Against a backdrop of slowing rates of measured productivity growth, this has raised questions about the conceptual basis of GDP and output...

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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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