National Time Accounting and National Economic Accounting

Edited by J. Steven Landefeld and Shaunda Villones

in Measuring the Subjective Well-Being of Nations

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780226454566
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226454573 | DOI:
National Time Accounting and National Economic Accounting

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This chapter provides a comparison of the National Time Accountings (NTAs) to the U.S. national economic accounts, that is, the National Income and Products Accounts (NIPAs). Like the NIPAs, which are a comprehensive measure of market activity and its components, the NTAs are designed as a comprehensive measure of total utility and its parts. The NTAs avoid the long-standing problem of many well-being indicators that put a subjective value, or weight, on the various indicators used to develop an index of well-being. Although the NTAs are not a double-entry accounting system, they can be imagined as being combined with a set of household production accounts to produce a set of input-output accounts. If the U-index or net affect indexes change slowly, then the NTAs probably do not need to be constructed or released in as timely a manner as the NIPAs.

Keywords: National Time Accountings; NTAs; National Income and Products Accounts; NIPAs; market activity; well-being indicators; double-entry accounting system; U-index

Chapter.  4020 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics

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