National Transfer Accounts

The goal of the National Transfer Accounts (NTA) project is a better understanding of relation between the demographic structure and the macro-economy.

National Transfer Accounts (NTAs) constitute an accounting framework that provides comprehensive and detailed information on the age-patterns of production, consumption and saving, and on transfers between age groups. The basic NTA data consists of a range of age profiles, containing the per-capita averages of income, transfer payments and benefits, consumption and saving by age.

The development of NTAs is coordinated within the NTA network, a global research network with teams from more than 50 countires. The web page of the NTA network provides detailed information on NTAs around the world. NTA data for about 50 countries are found in the database of the NTA project.

For further information we recommend the following reading:

Lee, R. D., & Mason, A. (Eds.). (2011). Population aging and the generational economy: A global perspective. Edward Elgar Publishing.

d’Albis, H., & Moosa, D. (2015). Generational economics and the national transfer accounts. Journal of Demographic Economics, 81(4), 409-441.

UN. (2013). National Transfer Accounts Manual: Measuring and Analysing the Generational Economy. UN.