This page provides access to papers and presentations prepared by BEA staff. Abstracts are presented in HTML format; complete papers are in PDF format with selected tables in XLS format. The views expressed in these papers are solely those of the authors and not necessarily those of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

BEA's Preliminary Strategic Plan for 2001 - 2005

This paper provides background information on the new economy and how it relates to BEA’s economic accounts. It is designed to answer the following questions:

  • What is the new economy?
  • Why is it important that the new economy be captured in GDP and BEA’s other economic… Read more
J. Steven Landefeld
Published
JEL Code(s)None Assigned
P2001-7

The Expanding Role of Hedonic Methods in the Official Statistics of the United States

The method of using regressions of prices on characteristics to adjust for quality changes has grown dramatically in the United States statistical agencies in recent years. For example, currently 18 percent of the final expenditures in gross domestic product is deflated using price indexes that… Read more

Brent R. Moulton
Published
JEL Code(s)None Assigned
P2001-6

Investigating Convergence of the U.S. Regions: A Time-Series Analysis

Most economists conclude that the U.S. regions have converged in per capita earnings during a majority of the 20th century, though controversy abounds over the methods employed to test for such convergence. Using time-series techniques, this paper finds evidence that the U.S. regions have… Read more

Richard E. Kane
Published
JEL Code(s)R12
WP2001-2

Selected Price Estimation Work at Other Government Organizations

Bruce T. Grimm
Published
JEL Code(s)None Assigned
P2001-4

Balancing the GDP Account

G. Christian Ehemann, Brent R. Moulton
Published
JEL Code(s)None Assigned
P2001-3

Alternative Treatments of Consumer Durables in the National Accounts

Barbara M. Fraumeni, Sumiye Okubo
Published
JEL Code(s)None Assigned
P2001-5

Revisions to GDP

J. Steven Landefeld, Bruce T. Grimm
Published
JEL Code(s)None Assigned
P2001-2

Expansion Strategies of U.S. Multinational Firms

Recent theoretical work tends to characterize multinational enterprises as arising through either horizontal or vertical foreign direct investment (FDI). Empirical research tends to find stronger support for the former than for the latter. In this paper, we use recent, detailed data on U.S.… Read more

Gordon H. Hanson, Raymond J. Mataloni, Jr., Matthew J. Slaughter
Published
JEL Code(s)F23
WP2001-01

Priorities for Industry Accounts at BEA

The U.S. economy is undergoing significant structural change that economists and policymakers would like to study from an industry perspective. BEA’s industry accounts--the input-output (I-O) accounts, the gross product originating (GPO) accounts, and the gross state product (GSP) estimates--… Read more

Robert Yuskavage
Published
JEL Code(s)None Assigned
P2000-7

International Accounts Data Needs: Plans, Progress, and Priorities

BEA’s International Accounts Directorate is responsible for preparing the nation’s estimates of the international transactions accounts, international investment position, and operations of U.S. parent companies and U.S. and foreign affiliates, and for preparing analyses of major developments… Read more

Ralph Kozlow
Published
JEL Code(s)None Assigned
P2000-8