Sponsoring Section/Society: Government Statistics Section ASA
Session Slot: 10:30-12:20 Wednesday
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Session Title: The Implications of the North American Industrial
Classification System (NAICS) for Official Statistics
For most of this decade, the United States, Canada, and Mexico have worked tointegrate their industrial classification systems, while updating the systems to reflect technological changes and innovations. The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) is in place now and government statisticians face a new challenge converting statistical programs to the new system while preserving time series and educating users about NAICS changes. The impact of the changes in converting to NAICS will be enormous, both for the government statisticians making these changes and for the users of the official statistics they produce. The conversion process will take many years to complete and will have unexpected side effects such as redefinition of standard occupation codes. The three speakers in this session were appointed to be their country's official representative for the development of the integrated classifications and for the coordination effort to implement the revised codes.
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Session Organizer: Cox, Brenda G. Mathematica Policy Research Inc.
Address: Brenda G. Cox, Senior Fellow Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. 600 Maryland Ave SW, Suite 550 Washington DC 20024-2512
Session Timing: 110 minutes total (Sorry about format):
Opening Remarks by Chair - 5 minutes First Speaker - 25 minutes Second Speaker - 25 minutes Third Speaker - 25 minutes Discussant - 15 minutes Floor Discussion - 10 minutes
Session Chair: Cox, Brenda G. Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Address: Brenda G. Cox, Senior Fellow, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. 600 Maryland Ave SW, Suite 550 Washington DC 20024-2512
1. NAICS and U.S. Statistics
Ambler, Carole, U.S. Bureau of the Census
Address: Chief, Services Division U.S. Bureau of the Census Services Division Room 2633-3 Washington DC 20233
Abstract: The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) was developed in cooperation with Statistics Canada and Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, Geografia e Informatica (INEGI) to provide for comparable industrial statistics across the three countries. NAICS is the first ever classification system to be constructed on a consistent conceptual framework. Such a framework will provide consistent statistics across the three countries that can be used for measuring productivity and unit labor costs, constructing input-output tables, and other uses that imply the analysis of production relationships in the economy. This paper discusses the impact that NAICS will have on U.S. industrial statistics and focuses on Bureau of the Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics Programs. Issues such as the redesign of the current services annual program at the Census Bureau and the need to produce time series data are also discussed.
2. NAICS: The Canadian Perspective
Nijhowe, Shaila, Statistics Canada
Address: Director, Standards Division Statistics Canada Classification Systems 11th Floor, Section D3, Jean Talon Building Tunney's Pasture Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA K1A 0T6
Abstract: The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) has been developed against the background of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the need for comparable industry statistics to analyze issues of industrial performance and productivity for which a supply side approach was adopted in its creation. This paper will discuss the impact of the development of NAICS on the annual business statistics program of Statistics Canada in terms of the representation of the structure of the Canadian economy. Issues relating to the conversion of the Business Register, the phased conversion of the annual surveys and the need to produce NAICS based statistical time series will also be discussed.
3. NAICS and Official Statistics in Mexico
Ordaz, Enrique, INEGI, Mexico
Address: Instituto Nacional de Estadistica Geografia e Informatica Torre El Dorado Republica Mexicana esq. Republica de El Salvador Pent House Fracc. El Dorado 20230 Aguascalientes, Ags. MEXICO
Abstract: Jointly developed in cooperation with the statistical agencies of the United States and Canada, the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) will provide users with comparable data and a new description of the three countries' economic structure. This paper discusses the issues associated with this integration, as well as the process of NAICS implementation in INEGI's programs of economic census and surveys and in particular treatment of time series.
Discussant: Werking, George U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Address: Assistant Commissioner Office of Federal/State Programs U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2 Massachusetts Ave N.E. , Room 4840 Washington, D.C. 20212
List of speakers who are nonmembers: : Carole Ambler, Shaila Nijhowe, Enrique Ordaz