A Comparison of National Accounts Systems
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In practically all national accounts systems, the standard accounts of the system are supplemented by tables. These tables throw a different light on the various aggregates presented in the standard accounts. In addition to the aggregate accounts there are also standard accounts for the households sector, for the government sector, and for the rest of the world. A great deal of essential information for public policy-making and for decision-making by other bodies can be derived from the national accounts as they stand. While the concepts, definitions, and basic accounts are virtually identical, the structure of the national accounts, or standard accounts in The System of National Accounts terminology, differs in many respects from that of the SNA standard accounts and their components. Though based on the same fundamental accounting structure as the other national accounts systems hitherto examined, the French system differs from the other systems in many respects.