Plant-level Productivity and Imputation of Missing Data in U.S. Census Manufacturing Data
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Most of the research in this paper was conducted while the authors were Special Sworn Status researchers of the U.S. Census Bureau at the Triangle Census Research Data Center and the Minnesota Census Research Data Center. Any opinions and conclusions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Census Bureau, the Economic Research Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the National Bureau of Economic Research. All results have been reviewed to ensure that no confidential information is disclosed. We thank Randy Becker, Bert Grider, Cheryl Grim, John Haltiwanger, Shawn Klimek, Arnie Reznek, Pat Sullivan and participants in the Census Bureau's Center for Economic Studies seminar for their comments. We thank Lucia Foster for giving us some of her computer code, and Jenny Thompson and Kirk Degler for helpful discussions of the Census Bureau's imputation procedures. Reiter gratefully acknowledges support from National Science Foundation grant SES 1131897. Correspondence to: T. Kirk White. In other research not related to this paper, Jerome Reiter was supported by the US Census Bureau via an IPA lasting until September 2012.