16th Conference of the Association de Comptabilité Nationale"Virtues, limits and prospects of the National Accounts"

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Dernière mise à jour le : 15/06/2017

The 16th Conference of the Association de Comptabilité Nationale was held in Paris on 7, 8 and 9 of June 2017, at the "Centre de conférence Pierre Mendès-France" du Ministère de l’économie et des finances, 139 rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris.

All texts and documents are available in French.

Opening of the conference on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

  • From 9h to 9h30: reception of the participants
  • From 9:30 am to 10:00 am: introductory speeches by Jean-Luc Tavernier (Director General of INSEE) and Georges Haddad (President of the University Paris-1)

Session 1 - Wednesday, June 7, from 10 am to 1 pm - Virtues, Limits and Prospects of the NA: An Overview

  • Chair: Roger Guesnerie (Collège de France)

1. Virtues, Limits and Prospects of NA: An Introduction - André Vanoli (ACN)

2. Challenges and criticisms of National Accounts - Claire Plateau (INSEE)

3. Building synthetic measures of inclusive growth and sustainability - Didier Blanchet (INSEE)

Comments by two discussants: Jacques Le Cacheux (OFCE) and Christian De Perthuis (Université Paris-Dauphine)

Session 2 - Wednesday, June 7, from 2:30 pm to 6 pm - Virtues, limits and prospects of the NA: empirico-critical responses

  • Chair: Pierre Muller (ACN)

1. Are there substantive changes to make to the existing NA Conventions? - Dominique Durant (Banque de France), Nicolas Canry (University of Paris-1), Didier Blanchet (INSEE)

Coffee break

2. National accounts in a broad perspective of the information systems - Jacques Magniez (ACN)

3. Continue to adapt the CEN to the transformations of economies - Ronan Mahieu (INSEE)

From 6pm to 7pm - Cocktail

Session 3 - Thursday, June 8, from 9.30 am to 1 pm - Virtues, limits and prospects of the NA: empirico-critical responses (continued)

  • Chair: Marco Mira d'Ercole (OECD)

1. An Appreciation of Living Standards, Well-Being and Quality of Life - Jérome Accardo (INSEE)

2. Taking into account relationships with Nature - André Vanoli (ACN)

Summary (pdf, 23 Ko)

3. The question of sustainable development - Claire Plateau (INSEE)

Coffee break

Comments by two discussants: Fabrice Lenglart (France Strategy) and Arturo de la Fuente (Eurostat)

Session 4 - Thursday, June 8, from 2:30 pm to 6 pm - The challenges facing the CEN and how to address them

The representation of the productive system and the economic circuit in a changing world; The relationship between NA and other accounting information systems

  • Chair: Françoise Maurel (INSEE)

1. NA and corporate accounting - Philippe Danjou (former member of the IASB board), Pierre Muller (ACN)

Presentation (pdf, 752 Ko)

Coffee break

2. The evolution of the economic concept of enterprise: from groups to profiled companies - Élisabeth Kremp (INSEE), Ronan Mahieu (INSEE)

3. Challenges posed by changes in the modes of operation of economic units: numerical economy and apparent gratuity, economy of "sharing"... - Ronan Mahieu (INSEE)

From 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm - General Assembly of the ACN

Session 5 - Friday, June 9, from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm - The challenges facing the NA and how to address them (continued)

The representation of the productive system and the economic circuit in a changing world; The relationship between NA and other accounting information systems

  • Chair: François Ecalle (FIPECO)

1. The Challenges Facing Globalization - Michael Connolly (Central Statistics Office, Ireland)

Text (pdf, 397 Ko)

Presentation (pdf, 437 Ko)

2. About the Irish case - François Lequiller (ACN)

Coffee break

3. NA and public finance - François Lequiller (ACN), Jean-Paul Milot (ACN)

Session 6 - Friday, June 9, from 2 pm to 5 pm

How to estimate National Accounts (from 2 pm to 3 pm)

  • Chair: Pierre Muller (ACN)

1. Sources and methods for the preparation of national accounts in France - Ronan Mahieu (INSEE)

2. Examples of national accounts from other countries: Tunisia (Mohamed Frigui, Directeur de l'INS de Tunisie), Francophones and Anglophones African countries (Paul-Henri Nguema Meye, Directeur Général Adjoint d’AFRISTAT)

What is the state of knowledge of NA in secondary and higher education? (from 3 pm to 5 pm)

Round table chaired by Pascal Combemale (professor in economics and director of the collection "Repères" at the Editions La Découverte) and prepared with Nicolas Canry (Université Paris-1)

Erwan Le Nader (président de l'APSES, Association des Professeurs de Sciences Economiques et Sociales), Arnaud Parienty (Lycée de Neuilly et Université Paris-Dauphine), Aline Mignan (Université d’Evry), Isabelle Hirtzlin (Université Paris-1)

Conclusion of the conference: P. Muller (ACN)