Accession Number:

ADA347194

Title:

Changing the Treatment of Software Expenditures in the National Accounts

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (U S CONGRESS) WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

36.0

Abstract:

Statistics from the national economic accounts play an important role in economic forecasting, both for federal agencies and the private sector. One issue of recent concern has been whether the way those accounts treat businesses spending on software makes current statistics misleading. This memorandum describes how an alternative treatment of software spending would affect the accounts and provides rough estimates of those effects. The analysis was undertaken as background research in support of the Congressional Budget Offices work on economic forecasting.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE