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Re-engineering Key National Economic Indicators

Gabriel Ehrlich, John Haltiwanger, Ron Jarmin, David Johnson, Matthew D. Shapiro

NBER Working Paper No. 26116
Issued in July 2019

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We acknowledge financial support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the additional support of the Michigan Institute for Data Science and the Michigan Institute for Teaching and Research in Economics. The results here are in part based on researchers own analyses calculated (or derived) based in part on data from The Nielsen Company (US), LLC and marketing databases provided through the Nielsen Datasets at the Kilts Center for Marketing Data Center at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. The conclusions drawn from the Nielsen data are those of the researchers and do not reflect the views of Nielsen. Nielsen is not responsible for, had no role in, and was not involved in analyzing and preparing the results reported herein. We also use the NPD data housed at the U.S. Census Bureau. All results using the NPD data have been reviewed to ensure that no confidential information has been disclosed (CBDRB-FY19-122). Any opinions and conclusions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the view of the U.S. Census Bureau. We thank Robert Cage, Robert Feenstra, David Friedman, Greg Kurtzon, Robert Martin, Stephen Redding and David Weinstein for helpful comments. We thank Jamie Fogel, Diyue Guo, Edward Olivares, Luke Pardue, Dyanne Vaught, and Laura Zhao for superb research assistance The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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