BPEA | 1975 No. 3

Inflation Accounting and Nonfinancial Corporate Profits: Physical Assets

Jeremy Bulow and
Jeremy Bulow Stanford University
John B. Shoven
Shoven headshot
John B. Shoven Charles R. Schwab Professor of Economics - Stanford University, and NBER

1975, No. 3

THIS ARTICLE is the first of two complementary papers concerning inflation accounting and nonfinancial corporate profits. This installment discusses the general conceptual and practical issues in defining an inflation-adjusted measure of profits and examines the treatment of depreciable assets and inventories in detail. The companion article, to appear subsequently in BPEA, will analyze accounting practices for financial assets and liabilities, and also aggregate and summarize the results of both papers.