A Description and Analysis of Evolving Data Resources on Small Business

72 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2007  

Amelia Haviland

RAND Corporation

Bogdan Savych

Workers Compensation Research Institute

Date Written: September 2007


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.

Keywords: data quality, small business

JEL Classification: C80

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1019119 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1019119

Amelia Haviland (Contact Author)

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Bogdan Savych

Workers Compensation Research Institute ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02139
United States

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