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1993 SNA Update Information - Concept of jobs and concept of persons

Clarification description
Chapter 17 of SNA 93 seems to reject the concept of persons from the national accounts. This is in contradiction with the practice of many countries, which publish and transmit data in terms of persons in the framework of national accounts. The objective of this clarification would be to be less restrictive than the current SNA on the concept of persons. ESA’s approach, which presents both concepts, would inspire this clarification.
Country comments
Number of country comments for selected clarification:16
  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 all the recommendations. However there is a need to maintain consistency between the SNA standards and the ILO standards in 2008.
 18/08/2006NetherlandsWe generally support the recommendations made at the Frankfurt Meeting of the AEG.
 18/08/2006ItalyWe agree with the introduction of the concept of persons employed in the new SNA and that the new SNA should be based on the existing paragraphs of the ESA95 defining employment (employees and self-employed) and unemployment. The other concepts should remain, in particular the definition of full-time equivalent units. At the same time, it is important to underline differences between using persons or jobs as analyses unit for hours actually worked measurement. It seems important to clarify that job seems the more appropriate measure unit for estimating productivity at the industry level respect to persons employed unit. It should be stressed that different purposes may necessitate use of different employment measures and, at the meantime, different sources gives different measures of employment. In fact, variables of the same name have different meaning in business statistics and labour market statistics; for example, employment in the business statistics is related to job while in the labour statistics is related to the primary occupation of each individual.
 18/08/2006USAWe agree with the recommendations of the AEG.
 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.
 28/07/2006National 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.
 24/07/2006National 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.
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