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Latest Research

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Strategic movement of intellectual property within U.S. multinational enterprises

Strategic behavior by U.S. multinational enterprises (MNEs) to shift profits between countries to reduce their worldwide tax burden has been well studied. Much of the existing research has focused on the use of debt payments and intrafirm intellectual property licensing agreements to explain why… Read more

By Raymond J. Mataloni Jr., Derrick Jenniges, Sarah Stutzman, Yiran Xin

Modeling and Forecasting Income Inequality in the United States

Recently, an idea has emerged that “the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer”. Using tax data from Piketty, Saez, and Zucman (2017) (updated in the World Wealth& Income Database) and internal microdata from the Current Population Survey (1975-2015),this paper models… Read more

By Marina Gindelsky

Backcasting the BEA/BLS Integrated Industry-level Production Account and the Sources of U.S. Economic Growth between 1987 and 2016

By Corby Garner, Justin Harper, Thomas Howells, Mathew Russell, Jon D. Samuels

Assessing the Automated Imputation of Missing and Erroneous Survey Data: A Simulation-Based Approach

Presented at the 2018 Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) Research and Policy Conference

By Larkin Terrie