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.

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

By Gordon H. Hanson, Raymond J. Mataloni, Jr., Matthew J. Slaughter
Published

International Accounts Data Needs: Plans, Progress, and Priorities

Presented at the November 17, 2000 meeting of the BEA Advisory Committee

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

By Ralph Kozlow
Published

Priorities for Industry Accounts at BEA

Presented at the November 17, 2000 meeting of the BEA Advisory Committee

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

By Robert Yuskavage
Published

Treatment of Employee Stock Options in the U.S. National Economic Accounts

Presented at the OECD Meeting of National Accounts Experts, Paris, France, September 26-29, 2000

U.S. companies increasingly use the granting of employee stock options as part of an overall compensation package. What was originally an executive perk is now often provided to all employees. This growth has added significance to several questions on the treatment and valuation of these stock… Read more

By Carol Moylan
Published

Current and Future Directions for the U.S. Industry Accounts

Presented at the 13th International Conference on Input-Output Techniques, Macerata, Italy, August 21-25, 2000

This paper provides an overview of the Industry Accounts for the United States, which are prepared by the Bureau of Economic Analysis in the U.S. Department of Commerce. It includes a brief history of the programs with emphasis on the past 10 years, as well as a discussion of plans for future… Read more

By Ann M. Lawson
Published

United States Statistics on Trade in Services

Presented at the APEC Seminar on Statistical Reporting on Service Trade, in Tianjin, China, August 14-17, 2000

This paper provides an overview of the Industry Accounts for the United States, which are prepared by the Bureau of Economic Analysis in the U.S. Department of Commerce. It includes a brief history of the programs with emphasis on the past 10 years, as well as a discussion of plans for future… Read more

By Obie G. Whichard
Published

Using Input-Output Analysis to Measure U.S. Economic Structural Change Over a 24 Year Period

Many studies have been prepared on structural change in the U.S. economy using input-output analysis. These include, among others, Carter's examination of U.S. economic technological change over the 1939-1963 period and, more recently, Sonis’ new decomposition approaches to visually display… Read more

By Jiemin Guo, Mark A. Planting
Published

Principles and Practices for Making Statistics Relevant for Economic Decision Making

Presented at the Goskomstat Workshop: Developing the State Statistical System of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, May 28-29, 2000

One of the most important goals of agencies producing economic statistics is that those statistics be relevant and regularly used by public and private decision makers. Achieving this goal requires several elements including accuracy, timeliness, and sound concepts and methods. However, perhaps… Read more

By J. Steven Landefeld
Published

Recognition of Business and Government Expenditures for Software as Investment: Methodology and Quantitative Impacts, 1959-98

Presented at the May 5, 2000 meeting of the BEA Advisory Committee

The comprehensive benchmark revision of the national income and product accounts (NIPA’s), released in October of last year, newly recognized business and government expenditures for computer software as investment. This paper describes the methodology for annual and quarterly estimates of… Read more

By Robert Parker, Bruce T. Grimm
Published

Measuring the New Economy

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
By J. Steven Landefeld, Barbara M. Fraumeni
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