Gabon - Household final consumption expenditure, etc. (% of GDP)

Household final consumption expenditure, etc. (% of GDP) in Gabon was 39.19 as of 2016. Its highest value over the past 46 years was 54.92 in 1989, while its lowest value was 16.45 in 1976.

Definition: Household final consumption expenditure (formerly private consumption) is the market value of all goods and services, including durable products (such as cars, washing machines, and home computers), purchased by households. It excludes purchases of dwellings but includes imputed rent for owner-occupied dwellings. It also includes payments and fees to governments to obtain permits and licenses. Here, household consumption expenditure includes the expenditures of nonprofit institutions serving households, even when reported separately by the country. This item also includes any statistical discrepancy in the use of resources relative to the supply of resources.

Source: World Bank national accounts data, and OECD National Accounts data files.

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Year Value
1970 36.65
1971 35.30
1972 33.36
1973 45.69
1974 24.70
1975 23.49
1976 16.45
1977 23.50
1978 36.46
1979 33.91
1980 26.14
1981 26.74
1982 27.34
1983 29.83
1984 29.87
1985 32.30
1986 47.37
1987 51.61
1988 47.80
1989 54.92
1990 49.74
1991 45.27
1992 49.80
1993 48.00
1994 42.72
1995 41.30
1996 34.25
1997 34.37
1998 46.14
1999 40.56
2000 32.18
2001 36.34
2002 37.97
2003 37.60
2004 35.19
2005 30.03
2006 30.12
2007 29.52
2008 27.08
2009 35.06
2010 30.64
2011 27.57
2012 29.45
2013 32.28
2014 34.49
2015 37.15
2016 39.19

Limitations and Exceptions: Because policymakers have tended to focus on fostering the growth of output, and because data on production are easier to collect than data on spending, many countries generate their primary estimate of GDP using the production approach. Moreover, many countries do not estimate all the components of national expenditures but instead derive some of the main aggregates indirectly using GDP (based on the production approach) as the control total. Household final consumption expenditure is often estimated as a residual, by subtracting all other known expenditures from GDP. The resulting aggregate may incorporate fairly large discrepancies. When household consumption is calculated separately, many of the estimates are based on household surveys, which tend to be one-year studies with limited coverage. Thus the estimates quickly become outdated and must be supplemented by estimates using price- and quantity-based statistical procedures. Complicating the issue, in many developing countries the distinction between cash outlays for personal business and those for household use may be blurred. Informal economic activities pose a particular measurement problem, especially in developing countries, where much economic activity is unrecorded. A complete picture of the economy requires estimating household outputs produced for home use, sales in informal markets, barter exchanges, and illicit or deliberately unreported activities. The consistency and completeness of such estimates depend on the skill and methods of the compiling statisticians.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Gross domestic product (GDP) from the expenditure side is made up of household final consumption expenditure, general government final consumption expenditure, gross capital formation (private and public investment in fixed assets, changes in inventories, and net acquisitions of valuables), and net exports (exports minus imports) of goods and services. Such expenditures are recorded in purchaser prices and include net taxes on products.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual


Topic: Economic Policy & Debt Indicators

Sub-Topic: National accounts