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National Accounts at a Glance 2013

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National Accounts at a Glance presents information using an "indicator" approach, focusing on cross-country comparisons. The aim being to make the national accounts more accessible and informative, whilst, at the same time, taking the opportunity to present the conceptual underpinning of, and comparability issues inherent in, each of the indicators presented. 

The range of indicators reflects the richness inherent in the national accounts dataset and encourages users to refocus some of the spotlight that is often placed on gross domestic product (GDP) to other economic important indicators, which may better respond to their needs.  The publication is broken down into six key chapters, and provides indicators related to GDP, income, expenditure, production, government and capital respectively. Data are generally provided for the period 1998-2011.

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General government expenditure by function

presented information on total general government expenditure. But breakdowns of these expenditures on the basis of the activities they support is also of considerable interest to policy makers and analysts. The classification system used to provide this breakdown on an internationally comparable basis is known as the Classification of Functions of Government (COFOG). It provides a means to compare expenditures on specific functions, such as public order and safety, for example, in a comparable way across countries and over time.

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