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Philippines, which receives billions of dollars in remittances from Filipinos working abroad, GNI per capita exceeded GDP per capita by 21.3% in 2016.   © Reuters

The Asian countries where GDP does not tell the full story

Gross national income reveals more accurate picture of region's productivity

BEN HEUBL, Data Journalist | East Asia

LONDON -- Gross national income, which measures the value produced by the citizens of a country wherever they live and work, has gained ground among economists as a more reliable measure of wealth than the traditional yardstick of gross domestic product.

The differences between the two are usually small, but analysis for the Nikkei Asian Review has shown that the discrepancy for some Asian countries can be very large.

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