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1993 SNA Update Information - Measurement of non market output

Clarification description
The recent report of the Atkinson review in the United Kingdom and the Eurostat Handbook on Volume and Prices have confirmed the objective of the SNA to measure the volume output of the general government using direct output indicators. But they propose principles for the measurement that would be useful to include in the new SNA, as they will clarify the conditions of a good measurement of non market output
Country comments
Number of country comments for selected clarification:21
  Date postedSourceComment
 11/10/2006ArmeniaThe National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia agrees with the most recent AEG recommendations.
 29/09/2006Bank of KoreaWe agree to the recommendations in general.
 21/08/2006Central Bank of El SalvadorSe está de acuerdo con el AEG. Sería conveniente que proporcionen algunos ejemplos específicos de cómo medirlo.

The SCN agrees with the AEG. It would be worthwhile to provide some specific examples of how this should be measured.
 18/08/2006NetherlandsWe generally support the recommendations made at the Frankfurt Meeting of the AEG.
 18/08/2006USAWe generally agree with the recommendations of the AEG. In drafting the text, however, care should be taken to avoid setting prescriptive rules and to allow for the possibility that through research, the state of the art in measuring non-market output may improve.
 02/08/2006European Central BankThe ECB generally supports the recommendations made by the AEG.
 01/08/2006National Bank/National Bureau of MoldovaNational Bank and National Bureau for Statistics of Moldova agree with the recommendations made at the latest meeting of the AEG.
 01/08/2006Reserve Bank of South AfricaWe carefully worked through all the issues and would like to give our general support to the recommendations made by the AEG.
 31/07/2006Macao SARStatistics and Census Service of Macao SAR agrees to the AEG recommendations and has no further comments.
 31/07/2006Bosnia and HerzegovinaWe agree with AEG recommendations on the update of the 1993 SNA and do not have any further comments.
 28/07/2006Vietnam- I also agree with the outcomes of the AEG in this area. - However, in the new updated SNA, we should have definitions and methods to measure to value of non market output of market NPIS. So far in the existing SNA 93, no discussion has been made for the value of non market output of market output of market NPIs.
 28/07/2006National Bank of SlovakiaConcerning the results of the most recent AEG meeting, we fully support the conclusions and recommendations made by the AEG.
 28/07/2006Bank of PortugalBanco de Portugal would like to express general support for the recommendations made in the Frankfurt meeting of the Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts (AEG).
 28/07/2006Bank of PolandPlease find our general support for the AEG recommendations made during its recent meeting in Frankfurt.
 27/07/2006Bank of Sierra LeoneWe agree with the recommendations made by the AEG.
 25/07/2006Bank of ItalyWe broadly support the conclusions.
 24/07/2006SwitzerlandWe welcome the attempt to clarify the conditions of a proper measurement of prices and volumes for non-market activities in the new SNA and also support the 3 recommendations which were agreed in the e-discussion. We share the view of the AEG that marginal benefits should not be described as the basis for measuring the volume of non-market services. It would be risky to associate the theory of marginalism, which is proper of a competitive market, to a one supplier economy where services are free of charge. While the marginal benefits approach can be a good proxy, it is not the perfect method to evaluate a non-market service. It would therefore be inappropriate to mention this approach in the manual
 24/07/2006National Bank of the Republic of AzerbaijanWe have analyzed the “Comment on the recommendations of the most recent Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts (AEG) meeting (January 30 – February 8, 2006) in Frankfurt” within the scope of our responsibilities and I am pleased to inform you that we are in agreement with the AEG recommendations.
 24/07/2006Central Bank of Costa RicaWe support the recommendations of the AEG to include in the revised SNA more guidance regarding output indicators for non-market production.
 12/07/2006FinlandWe agree with the AEG clarifications. We do not support the inclusion of new sentences in Chapter 16 of the SNA discussing the importance in theory of taking into account marginal benefits to households in the estimation of the volume change of non market services. But more precise definitions of input/output/outcome should be included in the new SNA. We agree, on a general level, to include in the new SNA practical descriptions of acceptable output indicators. ‘Descriptions should be only as an illustration of the general principles and should emphasize that the indicators may be appropriate in some countries and not in others. It should be clear that they are intended as examples, not as requirements. Best practice in measurement of price and volume changes over time.’
We also agree to revise paragraph 16.139 to give it a more positive tone and reflect current thinking.
 13/12/2005CanadaCanada agrees that this is an important topic which could benefit from some elaboration in SNA93. Canada believes that the "state of the art" measurement in this area has yet to be established, since no methodology has evolved that can account for quality change in direct measures of outputs. More work and research should be encouraged to address the issue.
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