Answer the following questions: 1) What is double counting of national income?

Answer the following questions:


1) What is double counting of national income?

Answer: 

One of the major problems involved in the estimation of national income by the value added method is the problem of double counting. Double counting refers to a situation where the value of a good is taken into account (counted) more than once. This is particularly so for intermediate goods. Such a problem occurs because, for every producer, the commodity he sells is the final commodity. Thus, if the value of the intermediate good is taken into account every single time, it leads to its estimation more than once, one when it was produced and second as a part of final goods. This leads to an overestimation of the value of final goods.

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