Definition: Subsidies on products

European System of Accounts (ESA)

Subsidies payable per unit of a good or service produced or imported. The subsidy may be a specific amount of money per unit of quantity of a good or service, or it may be calculated  as a specified percentage of the price per unit. A subsidy may also be calculated as the difference between a specified target price and the market price actually paid by a buyer. A subsidy on a product usually becomes payable when the good is produced, sold or imported. By convention, subsidies on products can only pertain to market output or to output for own final use (ESA 2010, ESA 1995).
Source:
Eurostat, "European System of National and Regional Accounts - ESA 2010", Luxembourg, 2013
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