The various economic censuses and surveys are vitally important for the nation, but their lack of integration prevents them from being as useful, cost-effective, and minimally burdensome on businesses as they could be. Chapter 4 describes the data collection processes for the current surveys and discusses the potential for administrative records and other data sources to reduce the need for survey questions, the design and testing of survey questionnaires, and the modes for obtaining survey responses.
Citro, C. Page 13 Share Cite. Because of the absence of training and quality control in the field, the quality of these statistics on economic activity was suspect in the period when U. Beginning in 1840, statistics were collected on other economic sectors, such as mining and agriculture.
Similarly, the annual economic surveys are run largely independently, and they differ in many ways beyond those necessitated by different subject matters and target industries. Snijkers, G. Specifically, it examines the design, operations, and products of 11 surveys and makes recommendations to enable them to better answer questions about the evolving economy.
Then we sketch our vision for a reengineered Annual Business Survey System ABSS that, when fully developed, would represent a significant improvement over the current suite of surveys in ways that. The annual surveys have important uses, including benchmarking, or adjusting, estimates from the smaller monthly and quarterly surveys also conducted by the Bureau and providing estimates for the National Income and Product Accounts. During its conversations with staff at Statistics Canada, the panel heard about their Account Manager Program, which includes 10 individual enterprise portfolio managers supported by 6 analysts who cover about 320 enterprises, typically the largest and most important enterprises for the production of economic statistics.
Do you enjoy reading reports from the Academies online for free? American Economic Review, 106 5, May , 161—164. The economic censuses were suspended during World War II in favor of war-oriented surveys.
From the beginning of the new nation, policy makers recognized the value of additional data, including measures of economic activity. The first step in the survey design process, as shown in Table 1-1 , is to specify the data needed from the survey.
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As early as 1810, U. Page 11 Share Cite. The 11 surveys covered by the panel are briefly described in Box 1-2 ; also see Chapter 8. As discussed in Chapter 8 , participants in both efforts emphasized the full commitment of top management as the single most important ingredient in the eventual success of their efforts. As the Bureau has recognized, these surveys need to be made more consistent and relevant to user needs in their content, more.