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I have been fruitlessly searching for a list of dates of comprehensive National Income and Product Account revisions. Clues I have found so far: The Bureau of Economic Analysis website says the 1999 revision was the 11th one, and there have been three more since then - 2003, '09, and '13.

From the Philadelphia Fed's vintage datasets it looks like there were comprehensive revisions in 1975, 1985, 1991, and 1995. This still leaves several unaccounted-for revisions. Is there an online source for this information or should I hunt through old print copies of the Survey of Current Business?


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Welcome to the site. This is an international site, so it is helpful to explain country-specific abbreviations that may not be familiar to everyone, or else link to an explanation as here: – Adam Bailey Jan 29 '15 at 22:03

You can read what looks like the entire collection of back issues of Survey of Current Business on the BEA website but the old issues seem to be PDFs that are not indexed by the site's search engine. You can see the 1995 revision discussed there. This seems to be the 1965 and 1980 revisions. The seem to have changed the termenology on the major revisions at one point. In 1980 the called it The National Income and Product Accounts of the United States: An Introduction to the Revised Estimates for 1929-80 instead of Preview of the Comprehensive Revision of the National Income and Product Accounts which they called in since at least 1995.

That still leaves five more still to discover. I set my DownThemAll to download the whole archive and then I'll see if can get anywhere with searching the pdfs.

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Great thanks for looking into this – Luigi Feb 9 '15 at 14:58

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