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.

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
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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
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Structural Estimates of Depreciation from Wholesale Auctions of Used Ford Windstar Vans

This paper estimates the depreciation of over twenty varieties of Ford Windstar passenger vans, using several hundred thousand observations from a deep collection of wholesale auction transactions. The data permit the estimation of individual vehicle ages apart from differences between resale-… Read more

By Brian Sliker
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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 F. Howells III, Mathew Russell, Jon D. Samuels
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"The Complexity of Billing and Paying for Physician Care

The administrative costs of providing health insurance in the US are very high, but their determinants are poorly understood. We advance the nascent literature in this field by developing new measures of billing complexity for physician care across insurers and over time, and by estimating them… Read more

By Josh Gottlieb, Adam Shapiro, Abe C. Dunn
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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
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Defining and Measuring the Digital Economy

This paper, made possible by support from the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), describes the work of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to develop estimates towards the construction of a new digital economy satellite account. These… Read more

By Kevin Barefoot, Dave Curtis, William A. Jolliff, Jessica R. Nicholson, Robert Omohundro
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Valuing Owner-Occupied Housing: an empirical exercise using the American Community Survey (ACS) Housing files

In Aten (2017) the rental equivalence method was applied to the owner-occupied housing (OOH) stock in the United States to impute the flow of housing services for the period 2000-2015. The rents were based upon the American Community Survey and were broken into seven types of structure, vintage… Read more

By Bettina H. Aten
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Is Productivity on Vacation? The Impact of the Digital Economy on the Value of Leisure

Many recent digital innovations (like video games) augment the value of leisure time, which is not captured by GDP. Therefore, the productivity impact of such innovations may be understated. I develop the theoretical foundations for measuring the value of leisure when it is produced using the… Read more

By Benjamin R. Bridgman
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Experimental Estimates of Wages and Gross Output by Business Size and Industry, 2002-2012

This paper presents experimental estimates of wages and gross output by business size and industry sector for 2002-2012. We find small businesses, those employing less than 100 workers, experienced relatively slower growth between 2002 and 2012 for both wages and gross output compared to larger… Read more

By Tina Highfill, Erich H. Strassner
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