Entrepreneurship, Self-Employment and Business Data: An Introduction to Several Large, Nationally-Representative Datasets

20 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2009

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Robert W. Fairlie

University of California, Santa Cruz - Department of Economics

Alicia Robb

University of Colorado at Boulder; Next Wave Impact; Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

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Abstract

Only a few large, nationally-representative datasets include information on both the owner and the business. We briefly describe several of the most respected and up-to-date sources of data on entrepreneurs, the self-employed, and small businesses. More information including estimates of recent trends in business ownership and performance (e.g. survival rates, sales, employment, payroll, profits and industry) from these datasets is contained in Fairlie and Robb (2008).

Keywords: small businesses, business owners, self-employment, entrepreneurship, data

JEL Classification: L26, Y1

Suggested Citation

Fairlie, Robert W. and Robb, Alicia, Entrepreneurship, Self-Employment and Business Data: An Introduction to Several Large, Nationally-Representative Datasets. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4052. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1359988

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