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Indicator 8.4.2: Domestic material consumption, domestic material consumption per capita, and domestic material consumption per GDP

US personal consumption expenditure (goods) per capita


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Actual indicator available Personal Consumption Expenditure, Goods
Actual indicator available - description Goods purchased by “persons”—that is, by households and by nonprofit institutions serving households (NPISHs)—who are resident in the United States
Date of national source publication 9/2017
Method of computation
Periodicity Annual
Scheduled update by national source 10/2017
U.S. method of computation
Comments and limitations Values are nominal
Date metadata updated 2017-10-20
Disaggregation geography
Unit of measurement Domestic Material Consumption: Billions of Dollars, Per Capita: Dollars
Disaggregation categories
International and national references
Time period 2000-2016
Scheduled update by SDG team

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Indicator name Domestic material consumption, domestic material consumption per capita, and domestic material consumption per GDP
Target name Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, with developed countries taking the lead.
Global indicator description Domestic Material Consumption (DMC) is a standard material flow accounting (MFA) indicator and reports the apparent consumption of materials in a national economy. It is calculated as direct imports (IM) of material plus domestic extraction (DE) of materials minus direct exports (EX) of materials measured in metric tonnes. DMC measures the amount of materials that are used in economic processes. It does not include materials that are mobilized the process of domestic extraction but do not enter the economic process. DMC is based on official economic statistics and it requires some modelling to adapt the source data to the methodological requirements of the MFA. The accounting standard and accounting methods are set out in the EUROSTAT guidebooks for MFA accounts in the latest edition of 2013. MFA accounting is also part of the central framework of the System of integrated Environmental_ Economic Accounts (SEEA).
UN designated tier 1
UN custodial agency UNEP (Partnering Agencies: OECD)
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Organisation Total personal consumption expenditures (PCE) by state (millions of dollars)
Agency Staff Name Andrew Craig
Agency Survey Dataset Total personal consumption expenditures (PCE) by state (millions of dollars)
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