Definition: Redistribution of income in kind account
The redistribution of income in kind account gives a broader picture of households’ income by including the flows corresponding to the use of individual goods and services which these households receive free of charge, i.e. social benefits in kind and transfers of individual non-market goods and services, these two categories of flows being grouped together under the concept of social transfers in kind. This facilitates comparisons over time when there are differences or changes in economic and social conditions, and supplements the analysis of the role of general government in the redistribution of income.
Eurostat, "European System of Accounts - ESA 1995", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1996