Chronicling 100 Years of the U.S. Economy

Published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
SCB Centennial Celebration July 2020 – July 2021

SCB Centennial

The Survey of Current Business is turning 100! We are pleased to present over the coming months a look back at a century of achievements and innovation as we highlight each decade of its history with original articles, reprints from the BEA archives, profiles of top influencers, downloadable posters, and other historical content. Check back here through July 2021 for new material.

Feature articles on new topics and on recurring themes from current and former BEA staff, academics, and researchers.

BEA and its online journal are respected sources of data on the health of our national economy due in large part to the individuals who influenced BEA and its predecessor agencies over the past century. As we celebrate the centennial of the Survey, some of these top influencers will be profiled here.

Interesting and noteworthy memorabilia from the BEA archives. Stay tuned each month for historical content from each decade.


Historical Content from the 1920s


Historical Content from the 1930s