At Statistics Netherlands the development of productivity statistics is addressed as a key field of interest. The recent national accounts revision at Statistics Netherlands was taken as an opportunity to improve capital stock and depreciation statistics. The Perpetual Inventory Method, as now applied at Statistics Netherlands, provides in a consistent way statistics on depreciation, the net capital stock, the productive capital stock and capital services. Further, much attention has been given to estimating average service lives and discard patterns of different asset types based on direct capital stock observations in the manufacturing industry.
This paper by Vincent Fructuoso van der Veen presents the relevance of test techniques for innovation research. The paper is a result of participating in the OECD microdataproject on innovation indicators. By using test techniques, our understanding of innovation constructs improves; this was concluded after exploring innovation constructs with HOMALS, Factor Analysis and general scaling principals.
The significance of knowledge for the economy is widely acknowledged. In 2000 EU government leaders formulated a joint strategy in Lisbon to make the European Union one of the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-oriented economies of the world within the space of ten years. Such a strategy requires a set of indicators to measure progress towards the goals set. Statistics Netherlands has developed a national accounts module to make the investment in knowledge infrastructure in the Dutch economy more visible. This report examines R&D only. It presents the results of an improved estimation of R&D, give recommendations for work to be done, and discusses a number of measurement problems.
In 2007 a set of multi-factor productivity statistics was added to the Dutch national accounts. This report describes the methods used for this at Statistics Netherlands. It also describes a number of sensitivity analyses which were conducted to test the effects of assumptions used on the productivity statistics.
The guidelines for the compilation of national accounts (SNA)are currently being revised. According to the new guidelines, R&D (research and development) expenditure is no longer recorded as intermediate consumption but as fixed capital formation. In anticipation of the revision, in the Netherlands we have developed the so-called knowledge module, in which R&D expenditure is recorded as fixed capital formation. This report presents the results of the knowledge modules and contains recommendations for work to be done. The report focuses especially on the measurement problems of R&D and the calculations of the life span of R&D fixed capital.