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Balance of Payments
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The balance of payments (BOP) is a value table for all economic transactions conducted within a certain period of time (usually one year) between residents and foreigners (flow figures). It is divided into various balance sheets: The current account records the import and export of goods, services, and unilateral transfers. The capital account lists changes in foreign ownership of domestic assets. The reserve account reflects changes in the central bank's stock of foreign assets (gold, foreign e…

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Taube, Markus, “Balance of Payments”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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