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Miscellaneous Artwork as Capital Assets

In 2007, I estimate that playwrights, artists, photographers and designers created miscellaneous artwork worth $3.3 billion. By category, theatrical play scripts were $1.4 billion, greeting card designs were $0.5 billion and commercial stock photography was $1.4 billion. Taken individually, each… Read more

By Rachel Soloveichik
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Theatrical Movies As Capital Assets

In 2007, I estimate that studios spent $20.0 billion producing original theatrical movies. These movies were shown in theaters in 2008 and will be sold on DVD and broadcast on television for decades to come. Because of their long working life, the international guidelines for national accounts… Read more

By Rachel Soloveichik
Published

Long-Lived Television Programs as Capital Assets

In 2007, I estimate that studios and networks released long-lived television programs worth $26.7 billion. Those long-lived television programs were first shown on TV in 2007 and will be broadcast for decades to come. Because of their long working life, the international guidelines for national… Read more

By Rachel Soloveichik
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Books as Capital Assets

In 2007, I estimate that authors and publishers created original books with a value of $9.1 billion. These books were first sold starting in 2008, and will continue to be sold for decades to come. Because of their long working life, the international guidelines for national accounts recommends… Read more

By Rachel Soloveichik
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Music Originals as Capital Assets

In 2007, I estimate that musicians and recording studios created original songs, including recorded performances, with an estimated value of $7.8 billion. These songs were sold on CDs in 2008 and will be played on the radio, on television and at live concerts for decades to come. Because of… Read more

By Rachel Soloveichik
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Measuring productivity for the US health sector

Paper presented at the 2013 annual meetings of the Canadian Economic Association | Montreal, Canada

U.S. health care expenditures as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) reached 17.9 percent in 2011. That share will continue to grow significantly, according to recent studies by the Congressional Budget Office. This trend has raised questions about the sources of this growth, whether the… Read more

By Ana M. Aizcorbe, Gabriel W. Medeiros, Erich H. Strassner
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Standard Errors in the U.S. Regional Price Parities (RPPs)

By Bettina H. Aten, Eric B. Figueroa, Troy Martin
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Experimental PCE-by-State Statistics

This paper presents a preliminary methodology and estimates for an experimental set of data on nominal personal consumption expenditures (PCE) for eight categories of goods, seven categories of services, and net expenditures of nonprofit institutions serving households (NPISHs) for fifty states… Read more

By Christian Awuku-Budu, Ledia Guci, Christopher Lucas, Carol Robbins
Published

Adding Actuarial Information on Defined Benefit Pensions to the US National Accounts

Presentation at the OECD/ ABS Meeting on Pensions
April 22–24, 2013 | Canberra, Australia

Includes supplemental materials:

  • Comment on SNA Treatment of Defined Benefit Pension Plans
  • Comment on the Treatment of Defined Benefit Pension Plans in the SNA
By Marshall Reinsdorf
Published

A Multivariate Approach to Seasonal Adjustment

This paper suggests a new semi-parametric multivariate approach to seasonal adjustment. The primary innovation is to use a large dimensional factor model of cross section dependence to estimate the trend component in the seasonal decomposition of each time series. Because the trend component is… Read more

By Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy
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