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(p.3) Introduction
Hard-to-Measure Goods and Services
Ernst R. BerndtCharles R. Hulten
University of Chicago Press

In recognition of Zvi Griliches's contributions to the cause of economic measurement and to identify and build on ways in which further progress can be made in improving the quality of our economic statistics, the CRIW sponsored a conference held in the Washington, D.C. area on September 19–20, 2003. This conference focused primarily on economic measurement issues in the areas of productivity, price hedonics, capital measurement, diffusion of new technologies, and output and price measurement in hard-to-measure sectors of the economy. This introductory chapter provides an overview of the papers included in this tribute to Zvi Griliches, which encompass a series of topics in economic measurement to which he contributed directly, exhibited an abiding interest in, or supported indirectly through his role as director of the NBER Program on Technological Change and Productivity Measurement.

Keywords:   Zvi Griliches, economic measurement, economic statistics, productivity, price hedonics, capital measurement, price measurement

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