Economics Explored
Economics Explored
Aug 19, 2022
GDP & the National Accounts: What they are and why they matter w/ Brendan Markey-Towler - EP153
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The National Accounts are a huge intellectual achievement and an incredibly useful set of data, including GDP and its components. Chatting about the National Accounts with Economics Explored host Gene Tunny is fellow economist Dr Brendan Markey-Towler, author of the Substack newsletter Australian Economy Tracker. Brendan explains how the National Accounts help us track the current state of the economy as well as longer-term trends, such as shrinking manufacturing sectors and growing services sectors in many advanced economies. 

Links relevant to the conversation

Brendan’s Australian Economy Tracker Newsletter

https://australianeconomytracker.substack.com/

Brendan’s post discussed in this episode

https://australianeconomytracker.substack.com/p/australian-wealth-creation-and-distribution?utm_source=email

Planet Money episode on Simon Kuznets

https://www.npr.org/transcripts/520294083

Australian Financial Review article (pay-walled, alas) which reported “Federal government business generated $1.7 billion in revenue for the big four accounting and consulting firms over the past five years – though the government has a different take on the contract value of that business.”

https://www.afr.com/companies/professional-services/revealed-deloitte-ey-kpmg-and-pwc-earned-17b-from-government-work-20180326-h0xymn

Credits

Thanks to Josh Crotts for mixing the episode and to the show’s sponsor, Gene’s consultancy business www.adepteconomics.com.au

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