Netherlands - Household final consumption expenditure (constant 2010 US$)

The latest value for Household final consumption expenditure (constant 2010 US$) in Netherlands was 381,013,000,000 as of 2016. Over the past 46 years, the value for this indicator has fluctuated between 382,038,000,000 in 2008 and 166,635,000,000 in 1970.

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. Data are in constant 2010 U.S. dollars.

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

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Year Value
1970 166,635,000,000
1971 171,892,000,000
1972 176,360,000,000
1973 184,499,000,000
1974 190,395,000,000
1975 196,118,000,000
1976 206,950,000,000
1977 215,484,000,000
1978 225,417,000,000
1979 228,293,000,000
1980 228,104,000,000
1981 222,662,000,000
1982 219,443,000,000
1983 222,206,000,000
1984 223,550,000,000
1985 226,656,000,000
1986 232,023,000,000
1987 236,841,000,000
1988 240,515,000,000
1989 248,104,000,000
1990 258,126,000,000
1991 265,115,000,000
1992 267,013,000,000
1993 269,178,000,000
1994 274,431,000,000
1995 281,743,000,000
1996 295,699,000,000
1997 307,498,000,000
1998 324,927,000,000
1999 343,979,000,000
2000 356,846,000,000
2001 364,259,000,000
2002 368,406,000,000
2003 367,582,000,000
2004 369,724,000,000
2005 372,900,000,000
2006 371,615,000,000
2007 378,599,000,000
2008 382,038,000,000
2009 374,069,000,000
2010 374,163,000,000
2011 374,768,000,000
2012 370,445,000,000
2013 366,722,000,000
2014 367,699,000,000
2015 375,181,000,000
2016 381,013,000,000

Development Relevance: An economy's growth is measured by the change in the volume of its output or in the real incomes of its residents. The 2008 United Nations System of National Accounts (2008 SNA) offers three plausible indicators for calculating growth: the volume of gross domestic product (GDP), real gross domestic income, and real gross national income. The volume of GDP is the sum of value added, measured at constant prices, by households, government, and industries operating in the economy. GDP accounts for all domestic production, regardless of whether the income accrues to domestic or foreign institutions.

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. Measures of growth in consumption and capital formation are subject to two kinds of inaccuracy. The first stems from the difficulty of measuring expenditures at current price levels. The second arises in deflating current price data to measure volume growth, where results depend on the relevance and reliability of the price indexes and weights used. Measuring price changes is more difficult for investment goods than for consumption goods because of the one-time nature of many investments and because the rate of technological progress in capital goods makes capturing change in quality difficult. (An example is computers - prices have fallen as quality has improved.)

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. Deflators for household consumption are usually calculated on the basis of the consumer price index.

Aggregation method: Gap-filled total

Base Period: 2010

Periodicity: Annual


Topic: Economic Policy & Debt Indicators

Sub-Topic: National accounts