Chronicling 100 Years of the U.S. Economy

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

The 2010s

The Survey of Current Business is 100! We are pleased to present a look back at a century of achievements and innovation highlighting each decade of its history with original articles, reprints from the BEA archives, profiles of top influencers, downloadable posters, and other historical content.

Reprint

The National Accounts and GDP: Commemorating 75 Years of Continual Innovation

A December 2010 reprint highlighting the account’s inception, importance during American crises, and global impact.
May 2020

 

Reprint

Innovation Leads to More Granular Gross Domestic Product Data


A December 2018 reprint discussing BEA’s first GDP by county estimates, which filled a gap in BEA’s statistics.
May 2020

 

Economic influencer

John Kendrick: Leader in Productivity Measurement and Economic Accounting

This top influencer profile chronicles the economist’s significant impact on the development and enhancement of BEA statistics.
May 2020

 

Economic influencer

Dale Jorgenson's Profound and Extended Influence on the National Economic Accounts

Describes the “Jorgenson system of national accounting,’ from theory to implementation.
June 2020

 

Economic influencer

Selma Fine Goldsmith: Trailblazer in Income Distribution Research

This top influencer's research in income inequality paved the way 70 years ago for BEA’s work in this area today.
June 2020

 

Stay tuned for the remainder of the year, as we continue to highlight historical Survey content from the BEA archives.