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   CNSTAT - TOPICS

Coordinating and Sustaining Federal Statistics

Decennial Census and American Community Survey

Economic Measurement

Federal Household and Business Surveys

Health and Social Welfare

Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency

Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Indicators

Statistical Methods and Estimates for Policy Use

Economic Measurement

 

One of CNSTAT’s long-standing goals is the improvement of economic measurement and crucial data sources for that measurement. At What Price? Conceptualizing and Measuring Cost-of-Living and Price Indexes examined the foundations for consumer price indexes, comparing the strengths, weaknesses, and limitations of traditional “fixed basket” and cost-of-living-based approaches. Beyond the Market: Designing Nonmarket Accounts for the United States discussed how to extend the accounting principles that underlie the measurement of gross domestic product to develop broader measures of how well we are doing as a nation—how to design accounts in such areas as health, education, home production, and environmental improvement (or pollution) that can help us better understand economic growth and income determination. Accounting for Health and Healthcare continues this line of work, focusing on the costs of and returns from medical care and other “inputs” to population health, conceptualized within an economic accounting framework. Improving Measurement of Productivity in Higher Education presents an analytically well-defined concept of productivity in higher education and, while recognizing the great difficulty of doing so, offers practical guidelines for its measurement.

CNSTAT studies have also examined the unique data issues involved when businesses or firms are the unit of measurement. Understanding Business Dynamics explored available data on the births, deaths, expansions, and contractions of firms and establishments. CNSTAT studies have explored portions of the recurring Economic Census, including a review of the state and local governments program of the Census Bureau’s economic programs directorate.

CNSTAT, working with the Committee on Population (CPOP), is beginning a study on the economic, labor market, and fiscal impacts of immigration. The expert panel will address questions about the impacts of immigration on living standards and the macro economy; wages and income of U.S. natives and immigrants, and for different education, skill, and occupation groups; budgets and fiscal health at the federal, state and local levels; and inter-governmental fiscal dynamics (e.g., the distribution of the budget impact across federal, state, and local entities). A CPOP companion study will investigate the integration of immigrants into American communities.

 

Current Projects

   
Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration

Workshop on Measuring Research and Development Expenditures in the U.S. Nonprofit Sector: Conceptual and Design Issues
   
Completed Projects and Workshops
   

Future Directions for the National Science Foundation National Patterns Of Research and Development

   

 

   

 

 

 

 

Relevant Reports

Pathways to Exploration: Rationales and Approaches for a U.S. Program of Human Space Exploration  (SSB,ASEB,CNSTAT)
2014

The United States has publicly funded its human spaceflight program on a continuous basis for more than a half-century, through three wars and a half-dozen recessions, from the early Mercury and... Read more


National Patterns of R&D Resources: Future Directions for Content and Methods: Summary of a Workshop  (CNSTAT)
2013

Statistics on research and development (R&D) are important indicators of innovation, the transfer of ideas and knowledge, which in turn are key drivers of economic growth and R&D expenditures are one... Read more


Collecting Compensation Data from Employers  (CNSTAT)
2013

U.S. agencies with responsibilities for enforcing equal employment opportunity laws have long relied on detailed information that is obtained from employers on employment in job groups by gender and... Read more


Improving Measurement of Productivity in Higher Education  (BOTA,CNSTAT)
2012

Higher education is a linchpin of the American economy and society: teaching and research at colleges and universities contribute significantly to the nation's economic activity, both directly and... Read more


A Database for a Changing Economy:Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET)  (CNSTAT)
2010

Information about the characteristics of jobs and the individuals who fill them is valuable for career guidance, reemployment counseling, workforce development, human resource management, and other... Read more


Intangible Assets:Measuring and Enhancing Their Contribution to Corporate Value and Economic Growth: Summary of a Workshop  (STEP,CNSTAT)
2009

Intangible assets--which include computer software, research and development (R&D), intellectual property, workforce training, and spending to raise the efficiency and brand identification of... Read more


Understanding Business Dynamics: An Integrated Data System for America's Future  (CNSTAT)
2007

The U.S. economy is highly dynamic: businesses open and close, workers switch jobs and start new enterprises, and innovative technologies redefine the workplace and enhance productivity. With... Read more


Improving Business Statistics Through Interagency Data Sharing: Summary of a Workshop  (CNSTAT)
2006

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Beyond the Market: Designing Nonmarket Accounts for the United States  (CNSTAT)
2004

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Measuring International Trade on U.S. Highways  (CNSTAT)
2004

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Measuring Research and Development Expenditures in the U.S. Economy  (CNSTAT)
2004

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Measuring Research and Development Expenditures in the U.S. Economy:Interim Report  (CNSTAT)
2004

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Designing Nonmarket Accounts for the United States: Interim Report  (CNSTAT)
2005

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At What Price?: Conceptualizing and Measuring Cost-of-Living and Price Indexes  (CBASSE)
2002

How well does the consumer price index (CPI) reflect the changes that people actually face in living costs from apples to computers to health care? Given how it is used, is it desirable to construct... Read more


Nature's Numbers:Expanding the National Economic Accounts to Include the Environment  (CBASSE)
1999

In order to really see the forest, what's the best way to count the trees? Understanding how the economy interacts with the environment has important implications for policy, regulatory, and business... Read more


Measuring the Government Sector of the U.S. Economic Accounts  (CBASSE)
1998

This report had its origin in a Committee on National Statistics workshop in November 1993, one of a series on improving economic statistics, jointly sponsored by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)... Read more


Assessing Knowledge of Retirement Behavior  (CBASSE)
1996

This book brings together in one volume what researchers have learned about workers, employers, and retirees that is important for formulating retirement income policies. As the U.S. population ages,... Read more


Local Fiscal Effects of Illegal Immigration:Report of a Workshop  (CBASSE)
1996

The recent level of illegal immigration to the United States has increased debates about the effect of these immigrants on the cost of public services, and states have begun to enact policies that... Read more


Following the Money:U.S. Finance in the World Economy  (CBASSE)
1995

Many questions have been raised about America's status in the increasingly interconnected global economy. Yet key facts--such as the amount of foreign assets abroad owned by U.S. citizens--are not... Read more


Toward Improved Modeling of Retirement Income PoliciesInterim Report  (CBASSE)
1995

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Assigning Economic Value to Natural Resources  (CGER)
1994

There has been a lot of discussion among policymakers, particularly within the Clinton Administration, about how to make U.S. economic indicators, such as GNP, more accurately reflect the state of the... Read more


Behind the Numbers:U.S. Trade in the World Economy  (CBASSE)
1992

America's international economic decisions rest to a large degree on the information available to policymakers. Yet the quality of international trade and financial data is in serious doubt. This book... Read more


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