Measuring Globalization

Project Dates

07/01/2011 - 07/01/2014


The rapid pace of globalization is challenging the conceptual framework and the data methodologies used to generate key economic statistics. This project produced new estimates of trade-linked biases in the current economic statistics which advanced our understanding of the impact of globalization on the U.S. economy and improve public and private decision-making. The project also identified ways that the statistical agencies can improve current methodologies to better track the impact of globalization and to lay out a plan for future research. The project funded papers by leading researchers in academia and the statistical agencies; a conference that brought together paper authors, academic economists, and representatives of the statistical agencies; the production of an edited conference volume containing the research papers presented at the conference; and the writing of a report that presents a plan for a future demonstration data project.


Measuring Manufacturing: How the Computer and Semiconductor Industries Affect the Numbers and Perceptions, Susan Houseman, Timothy J. Bartik, Timothy Sturgeon. Upjohn Institute Working Paper 14-209 (2014)

Measuring Manufacturing : How the Computer and Semiconductor Industries Affect the Numbers and Perceptions. In Measuring Globalization: Better Trade Statistics for Better Policy - Volume 1. Biases to Price, Output, and Productivity Statistics from Trade, Susan N. Houseman and Michael Mandel, eds. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, pp. 151-194 (2015)

Trade, Competitiveness and Employment in the Global Economy, Susan Houseman (2014)


Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

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