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Measuring U.S. International Goods and Services Transactions

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  • Robert E. Baldwin
  • Fukunari Kimura

In order to better capture the close relationship between firms' cross-border trading activities and the sales and purchasing activities of their foreign affiliates, this paper proposes supplementary accounting formats that classify cross-border and foreign affiliate activities on an ownership basis, in contrast to the residency approach followed in the balance-of-payments accounts. One format combines net cross-border sales by Americans to foreigners, net sales by foreign affiliates of U.S. firms to foreigners, and net sales of U.S. firms to U.S. affiliates of foreign firms to yield a figure that indicates net sales by Americans to foreigners. Another accounting format measures the value-added embodied in cross-border and foreign affiliate activities on an ownership basis. U.S. cross- border and foreign affiliate activities based on these two approaches are presented and analyzed for the period, 1987-1992. In addition, data by industry are presented in these formats.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 5516.

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Date of creation: Mar 1996
Publication status: published as Baldwin, Robert E. and Fukunari Kimura. "Measuring U.S. International Goods and Services Transactions". Geography and Ownership as Bases for Economic Accounting. Edited by Robert E. Baldwin, Robert E. Lipsey, and J. David Richardson, The Univ. Chicago Press: Chicago, Ill,1998, pp. 9-36
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:5516
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  1. Robert E. Lipsey, 1992. "Foreign Direct Investment in the U.S.: Changes Over Three Decades," NBER Working Papers 4124, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Harry P. Bowen & Leo Sveikauskas, 1992. "Judging Factor Abundance," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 107(2), pages 599-620.
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