The National Accounts

  • Joaquim Miranda Sarmento
Part of the Financial and Monetary Policy Studies book series (FMPS, volume 47)


The National Accounts consist of a set of information based on concepts, definitions, classifications, and statistical/accounting rules whose objective is to provide, for a given time period, a close representation of the economic reality of a given geographic space (country/region). They are the accounting base for the elaboration of the report on the deficits and public debts of the European Union countries, although the application of the National Accounts goes far beyond that of the general government.


  1. Eurostat (2016) Manual of government deficit and debt. Accessed 1 Nov 2016
  2. OECD (2006) Understanding national accounts. OECD, ParisGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joaquim Miranda Sarmento
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  1. 1.ISEG Lisbon School of Economics and ManagementUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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