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A Description and Analysis of Evolving Data Resources on Small Business

Amelia Haviland

RAND Corporation

Bogdan Savych

Workers Compensation Research Institute

September 2007

RAND Corporation Working Paper No. WR-293-1-ICJ

This paper describes the main government and private data sources currently available or under construction for research on small business and entrepreneurship. It also provides a listing of resources researchers can use to gain more information about each data set. Of particular importance are new longitudinal data sets created by the Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics, which allow for the study of business entry and exit (which is especially relevant to small business policy) as well as changes within establishments and firms to be studied over time. The most notable gap in current small business data sources is the lack of a publicly available source of longitudinal data. In the next five years, this gap will be at least partially addressed by the Kauffman Firm Survey of new businesses. Information on this survey design and instrument is available now and researchers can begin to design research studies that would take advantage of the data when they become available.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 72

Keywords: data quality, small business

JEL Classification: C80

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Date posted: October 5, 2007  

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Haviland, Amelia and Savych, Bogdan, A Description and Analysis of Evolving Data Resources on Small Business (September 2007). RAND Corporation Working Paper No. WR-293-1-ICJ. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1019119 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1019119

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Amelia Haviland (Contact Author)
RAND Corporation ( email )
1776 Main Street
P.O. Box 2138
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138
United States
Bogdan Savych
Workers Compensation Research Institute ( email )
955 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States
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