NATIONAL INCOME ACCOUNTING
The accounting structure is more than a set of rules and definitions; it is a frame of reference. It enables the economist to sort out basic concepts, to visualize economic events in orderly sequence, and to keep in mind essential relationships so that none is forgotten. It provides no automatic solution to economic problems but helps chart the method of attack. In short, the accounting structure would be useful to economic analysis even if no data were available for the variables of which it is composed.