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Des tableaux vides aux tableaux pleins. La production d’une représentation globale de l’économie

Abstract : National accounts are based on two major tables - the Overall Economic Table (OEE) and the Input-Output Table (IOT). Together, these two tables are generally considered to be the main representations of the national economy. However, to tell something about a country’s economy, they both need to be quantified. In line with work in the sociology of quantification that closely looked on measurement activity, this article focuses on the work operations that allow the producer of the French national accounts – the INSEE national accounts department – to move from empty tables to full tables, carrying a representation of the French economy for a year or a quarter. Based on a nine-month ethnographic survey within the National Accounts Department, it questions the effects of these work operations on the object “national economy”. The argument of this article is that the activity of measurement does not simply provide access but participates in producing a new reality: each work operation adds something new to the national economy. National economy as an accounting, global and coherent object is the result of this work
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Quentin Dufour. Des tableaux vides aux tableaux pleins. La production d’une représentation globale de l’économie. Statistique et Société, Société française de statistique, 2021, 9 (3), pp.63-79. ⟨hal-03477045⟩



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