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A Reconciliation of Health Care Expenditures in the National Health Expenditures Accounts and in Gross Domestic Product

 

 

This paper provides a detailed reconciliation of the National Health Expenditure Accounts (NHEA), the official estimates of health care spending in the United States from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the estimates of health expenditures that are part of gross domestic… Read more

By Robert Kornfeld, Micah Hartman, Nathan A. Espinosa, Regina L. Butler, Aaron Catlin
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Measuring Inequality in the National Accounts

 

 

This paper provides context for the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) prototype estimates of the distribu- tion of income. It describes measurement questions, such as what concept of income should be used, and a summary of the results for the 2007–2016 period. The paper also presents a… Read more

By Dennis J. Fixler, Marina Gindelsky, David Johnson
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Measuring the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Consumer Spending Using Card Transaction Data

 

 

We evaluate the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on consumer spending using daily card transaction data. Overall, we find large effects of this pandemic on sectors such as accommodations and restaurants, which by the second week of March, show declines of around 80 percent and 70… Read more

By Abe C. Dunn, Kyle K. Hood, Alexander Driessen
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Measuring the Small Business Economy

To better track the overall growth and relative contributions of small business in the U.S. economy, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis is developing new economic statistics by business size. The paper begins with a description of existing economic statistics for small businesses, including… Read more

By Tina Highfill, Richard Cao, Richard Schwinn, Richard Prisinzano, Danny Leung
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