Improving Federal Economic Statistics (Phase IV)

January 1, 2012

Funding: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Performance period: January 1, 2012 through January 30, 2013

Summary: This project aimed to support improvements in the availability, quality, and accessibility of federal economic statistics used by policymakers and researchers. Written project products include congressional testimony, presentations, articles, fact sheets, and letter recommendations to government officials in response to calls for comments published in the Federal Register.


2012 Economic Census

The Economic Census and Its Role In Economic Statistics, 2012 Economic Census Conference, U.S. Census Bureau, October 15, 2012

American Community Survey – Resource Materials
Resources Regarding the American Community Survey (ACS) of the U.S. Census Bureau, Compiled and edited by Andrew Reamer, Kari Nelson, and Katherine Hartman

This page contains a compilation of resources that, collectively, aim to facilitate discussion about House decisions on May 9, 2012 to restrict the conduct of the American Community Survey. Topics include uses, legal basis, and historical basis of the ACS; previous House Appropriations Committee support for the ACS; impacts of restricting ACS implementation; and media coverage in response to the House-approved restrictions.

American Community Survey: Uses and Users, Andrew Reamer, current as of December 11, 2012
Testimony of Andrew Reamer, "Census: Planning Ahead for 2020", Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, U.S. Senate, July 18, 2012

Testimony of Andrew Reamer, "The Economic Impact of Ending or Reducing Funding for the American Community Survey and Other Government Statistics,” Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress, June 19, 2012

Articles in Response to House Action Regarding the American Community Survey, May, 2012 - January, 2013, Collected by Kari Nelson, Research Assistant, and Katherine Hartman, Research Assistant

Articles quoting Dr. Reamer:

The Beginning of the End of the Census? by Catharine Rampell, The New York Times, May 19, 2012
What Killing the American Community Survey Would Actually Mean, by Nate Berg, The Atlantic Cities Blog, May 11, 2012
Killing the American Community Survey Blinds Business, by Matthew Philips, Business Week, May 10, 2012
The Ryan Budget May Cut Economic Data, by Matthew Philips, Business Week, May 3, 2012
Regional Industry Clusters

Presentations -

The Government’s Role in Stimulating Clusters (Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University), December 7, 2011

Historical materials -

1900 Census Manufactures Cluster Analysis
1909 Census Manufactures Cluster Analysis



Andrew Reamer - Research Professor


Recommendations to the Commerce Department's Manufacturing Council

July 23, 2013

Working Paper

The Manufacturing and Trade Policy Origins of U.S. Economic Statistical Agencies: A Handout

June 20, 2013


A Foundation to Measure U.S. Economic Competitiveness: Proposals

June 20, 2013


Improving Federal Statistics for Industry Studies

May 29, 2013

Working Paper

Reference Materials on the American Community Survey

January 30, 2013


The Economic Census and Its Role In Economic Statistics

October 15, 2012


Submitted Comments Regarding Federal Economic Statistics Programs: 2012

September 28, 2012


“The Very Picture of What’s Wrong in D.C.”: Daniel Webster and the American Community Survey

September 13, 2012


Census: Planning Ahead for 2020

July 18, 2012

Testimony to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate

The Economic Impact of Ending or Reducing Funding for the American Community Survey and Other Government Statistics

June 19, 2012

Testimony to the Joint Economic Committee, US Congress