Research at BEA | Authors | Staff Biography

Aten, Bettina H.
Office of the Director
(301) 278-9647


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1992
  • M.B.A., Wharton School, 1986

Current Areas of Interest

  • Spatial price indexes
  • Multilateral aggregation methods
  • Spatial econometrics

Working Papers

Selected Publications

  • Regional Price Parities and Real Regional Income for the United States
    • Social Indicators Research, Vol 131 (1), pps 123-143, March 2017
  • Comparing the Consistency of Price Parities for Regions of the U.S. in an Economic Approach Framework
    • By Bettina Aten and Marshall Reinsdorf, August 27, 2010
  • Regional Price Parities by Expenditure Class, 2005-2009
    • With E. Figueroa and T. Martin, Survey of Current Business, Bureau of Economic Analysis, May 2010
  • Use of Country Purchasing Power Parities for International Comparisons of Poverty Levels: Potential and Limitations
    • With A. Heston, Debates on the Measurement of Global Poverty, edited by Sudhir Anand, Paul Segal and Joseph Stiglitz, Oxford University Press 2010
  • Chaining Methods for International Real Product and Purchasing Power Comparisons, Issues and Alternatives
    • with A. Heston. Purchasing Power Parities of Currencies, Recent Advances in Methods and Applications, edited by D.S. Prasada Rao, Elgar Publishing, 2009.
  • Estimates of State and Metropolitan Price Levels for Consumption Goods and Services in the United States, 2005
    • With R. D’Souza, Survey of Current BusinessBureau of Economic Analysis,  November 2008
  • Interarea Price Levels: An Experimental Methodology
    • Monthly Labor Review, Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 2006
  • Regional Output Differences in International Perspective
    • With A. Heston, Spatial Inequality and Development, edited by Ravi Kanbur and Anthony Venables, Oxford University Press, 2005
  • Price Structure, the Quality Factor, and Chaining
    • With A. Heston and R. Summers, Statistical Journal of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Vol. 18, 2001
  • Cities in Brazil: An Interarea Price Comparison
    • International and Interarea Comparisons of Income, Output and Prices, edited by A. Heston and R. Lipsey,  National Bureau of Economic Research, Studies in Income and Wealth, Volume 61, 1999
  • Does Space Matter?  International Comparisons of the Prices of Tradable and Nontradables
    • International Regional Science Review, Volume 20, Nos. 1&2, 1997
  • Evidence of Spatial Autocorrelation in International Prices
    • Review of Income and Wealth, Series 42, Number 2, June 1996
  • Energy and Transportation
    • With G. Hewings,  The Geography of Urban Transportation, edited by Susan Hanson, Guildford Press, New York, 1995
  • Real World Military Expenditures for 130 Countries in 1980 and 1985
    • With A. Heston, in Economic Issues of Disarmament, edited by J.Brauer and M.Chatterji, New York University Press, New York, 1993
  • Transport Choice Models and Price Elasticities by Income Groups
    • Transportation Research Record, No.1396, National Academy Press, Washington, D.C. 1993
  • International Comparisons of Transport Prices and Output
    • Transportation Research Record, Part II,  No.1372,  National Academy Press, Washington, D.C. 1992