Syrian Arab Republic - Household final consumption expenditure, etc. (% of GDP)

Household final consumption expenditure, etc. (% of GDP) in Syrian Arab Republic was 59.09 as of 2007. Its highest value over the past 47 years was 81.18 in 1988, while its lowest value was 58.44 in 2003.

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.

See also:

Year Value
1960 77.62
1961 76.52
1962 71.26
1963 76.79
1964 77.78
1965 75.57
1966 78.18
1967 76.01
1968 71.40
1969 72.35
1970 71.34
1971 71.24
1972 66.15
1973 68.83
1974 65.18
1975 64.79
1976 61.26
1977 65.15
1978 67.23
1979 67.46
1980 64.79
1981 71.96
1982 63.85
1983 66.29
1984 61.83
1985 63.54
1986 65.86
1987 76.01
1988 81.18
1989 71.75
1990 68.72
1991 74.43
1992 73.78
1993 73.47
1994 68.93
1995 66.26
1996 70.59
1997 69.65
1998 67.52
1999 70.31
2000 63.51
2001 61.02
2002 59.87
2003 58.44
2004 66.48
2005 69.11
2006 68.93
2007 59.09

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 Thus the estimates quickly become outdated and must be supplemented by estimates using price- and quantity-based statistical procedures.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