Gross national product
Gross national product (GNP) the total output of all final goods and services measured by the prices paid for them in a year. Unlike Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which defines production based on the geographical location of production, GNP allocates production based on location of ownership.
GNP does not distinguish between qualitative improvements in the state of the technical arts (e.g., increasing computer processing speeds), and quantitative increases in goods (e.g., number of computers produced), and considers both to be forms of "economic growth".
When a country's capital or labour resources are employed outside its borders, or when a foreign firm is operating in its territory, GDP and GNP can produce different measures of total output. In 2009 for instance, the United States estimated its GDP at $14.119 trillion, and its GNP at $14.265 trillion.
The United States used GNP as its primary measure of total economic activity before 1991, when it began to use GDP.
 In making the switch, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) noted both that GDP provided an easier comparison of other measures of economic activity in the United States and that "virtually all other countries have already adopted GDP as their primary measure of production."
|1||United States||16,967,740||United States||16,430,393||United States||15,783,451||United States||15,143,680||United States||14,738,387||United States||15,006,629|
|6||United Kingdom||2,506,906||United Kingdom||2,439,784||United Kingdom||2,411,262||United Kingdom||2,412,708||United Kingdom||2,561,347||France||2,699,777|
- as can be seen almost all European countries couldn't get their GNP at pre 2009 levels back, with the exception for Germany and Russia who could increase their GDP level of that before the crisis. Britain's Crisis started earlier therefore the UK's peak was in 2007, accounting for a GNP of about 2.891 Trillion Dollars in that year.
- Daly, Herman E. (1996), Beyond Growth. Beacon Press
- "Flow of Funds Accounts of the United States" (PDF). Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. 17 September 2010. p. 9.
- "BEA: Glossary "G"". Bureau of Economic Analysis. 5 September 2007.
- "Gross Domestic Product as a Measure of U.S. Production" (PDF). August 1991.
- GNI, Atlas method
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