Beginner's Guide to National Accounts

A few hours

Course details

This course serves as a starting point for a more in-depth, targeted classroom course by introducing an overview of the System of National Accounts (SNA) with a focus on the framework of the European System of Accounts 2010 (ESA 2010). It should tackle the gaps in users’ general knowledge of the system of National Accounts and allow the participants to reach a homogenous level before coming to the introductory classroom course as a student.

Target audience

Newcomers to National Accounts (including statisticians previously working in other statistical domains).

Learning objectives

At the end of this e-learning module, the learner will: • Understand the importance and value of NA for policy making  • Be briefed on the NA data collection • Know the different uses of NA in and the motivation behind them  • Know the definition of GDP  • Be familiar with the general features of the ESA and understand its link to other statistics  • Know the underlying economic model  • Know the basic principles of ESA 2010 and key concepts such as: Statistical units and their groupings - Flows and stocks - Production approach - Expenditure approach - Income approach and balancing - The sequence of accounts - Supply and Use tables (and the input-output framework) - Satellite accounts • Become familiar with the challenges

Offered by

This content is offered by the European Commission. The European Commission is the European Union's politically independent executive arm. It is alone responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation, and it implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

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  1. Chapter 1: Introduction
  2. Chapter 2: General features of ESA
  3. Chapter 3: Basic principles of ESA
  4. Chapter 4: Challenges
  5. Chapter 5: Finding methodological information and databases
  6. Chapter 6: Final assessment
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