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The Feasibility of a Quarterly Distribution of Personal Income

 

 

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) conducted a feasibility study to evaluate whether it is possible to produce a quarterly distribution of personal income and construct inequality metrics that are valid, informative, and transparent. The primary obstacles to producing such estimates are… Read more

By Dennis J. Fixler, Marina Gindelsky, Robert Kornfeld
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The Contribution of Reallocation to U.S. GDP Growth: Measurement Using Tiered Aggregation

 

 

Resources moving from less productive to more productive sectors can increase aggregate output without any underlying change in production technology, yet the impact of these reallocations is challenging to measure because it involves measuring unobserved counterfactual production where… Read more

By Jon D. Samuels, Mun S. Ho
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Tracking Cultivated Assets in Measures of Capital

 

 

Americans invested $72 billion in cultivated assets in 2019.  By category, investment was: $7 billion in long-lived food animals, $2 billion in horses, $10 billion in farm plants, and $53 billion in landscaping plants.  System of National Accounts 2008, the internationally agreed… Read more

By Rachel Soloveichik
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Tracking Marijuana in the National Accounts

 

 

The internationally agreed guidelines for national economic accounts, System of National Accounts 2008 (United Nations Statistics Division 2008), explicitly recommend that illegal market activity should be tracked together with legal market activity. This recommendation is not currently… Read more

By Rachel Soloveichik
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