Hi, I have been working on the methods for an analysis by parts for a while, and I keep finding new details that I am unsure about. I have collected survey data on expenditures for a variety of restoration projects. From the survey, I have total labor costs including proprietors income. The survey does not separate proprietors income and employee wage/salary expenditures - they are lumped together. I am using the survey data to create my own expenditure profiles (i.e. I am not using an industry spending profile from a pre-existing sector). Most of my questions and issues are around estimating direct effects. Specifically, I would like your help thinking about the direct jobs estimate. I have collected average hourly wage data for each restoration activity. I want to use this to convert my labor cost data into FTEs, and then use a 'surrogate' or best-matched sector to convert the FTE estimates in to jobs using your jobs to FTE spreadsheet. But my labor costs include proprietor income, so I am unsure of how to adjust for that. My understanding is that IMPLAN jobs include both wage/salary jobs and proprietors jobs. Given the data I have, I am thinking that I may just need to divide the entire labor cost figure by the average hourly wage, and not make any adjustments for the fact that proprietors income is included in the labor cost figure. It feels imperfect, but I'm not sure if I have any other options. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks for your help! Cathy
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