The Longitudinal Business Database

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Ron S. Jarmin

U.S. Census Bureau

Javier Miranda

US Census Bureau — Economy-Wide Statistics Division

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Date Written: July 16, 2002


This paper describes recent efforts at CES to create a new longitudinal research dataset: the Longitudinal Business Database (LBD). The LBD is a major improvement over existing longitudinal establishment datasets. Unlike the LRD, which covers only manufacturing, the LBD covers nearly all the non-farm private economy, as well as some public sector activities. Also, research using the LRD found problems with broken longitudinal linkages that lead to spurious establishment births and deaths (Dunne 1992). We supplemented the longitudinal numeric identifiers assigned by the Census Bureau with name and address matching to repair broken linkages.

Keywords: Business Register, Longitudinal Data, Business Data, Administrative Data, Business Dynamics

JEL Classification: C81, D21, L22, J21

Suggested Citation

Jarmin, Ron S. and Miranda, Javier, The Longitudinal Business Database (July 16, 2002). Available at SSRN: or

Ron S. Jarmin

U.S. Census Bureau ( email )

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Javier Miranda (Contact Author)

US Census Bureau — Economy-Wide Statistics Division ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

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