Raymond J. Mataloni Jr., who worked for 35 years at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, was a hero to economists trying to make sense of data on multinational companies.

Dr. Mataloni cultivated a deep understanding of statistics on international trade and global companies. Economists and journalists appreciated his willingness to share that expertise.

“He made time for everyone,” said C. Fritz Foley, a professor at Harvard Business School.

Christine McDaniel, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, said she was impressed that Dr. Mataloni took her calls and “answered a gazillion questions” when she was working on her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Colorado Boulder in the late 1990s.

Dr. Mataloni helped design and run government surveys of U.S.-based multinational companies, producing a rich seam of data that has given economists greater…

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