May 23, 2022

New Data: Inaugural Release of Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) Statistics About Foreign Direct Investors in U.S.

From the BEA:

With today’s release, BEA for the first time is producing statistics on how much foreign direct investors are spending to acquire, establish, or expand U.S. businesses. These statistics are based on information collected by the new BE-13 survey, which reinstates and expands on the old BE-13 survey, which was discontinued after 2008. Data from the old survey were used to produce statistics on establishments and acquisitions, but not expansions.

State and national policymakers, as well as researchers, can draw on the statistics to assess the impact of foreign direct investment on the U.S. economy. Foreign entrepreneurs and others seeking to invest in the United States can use the new statistics to make more informed decisions. The BE-13 survey will also help ensure complete coverage of BEA’s other foreign direct investment statistics. The new statistics will be released each year. Data for 2015 and revised data for 2014 will be available in the summer of 2016.

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