The Promise and Potential of Linked Employer-Employee Data for Entrepreneurship Research

38 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2015

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Christopher Goetz

Government of the United States of America - Bureau of the Census

Henry R. Hyatt

U.S. Census Bureau - Center for Economic Studies

Erika McEntarfer

U.S. Census Bureau

Lee Kristin Sandusky

U.S. Census Bureau

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Date Written: September 1, 2015

Abstract

In this paper, we highlight the potential for linked employer-employee data to be used in entrepreneurship research, describing new data on business start-ups, their founders and early employees, and providing examples of how they can be used in entrepreneurship research. Linked employer-employee data provides a unique perspective on new business creation by combining information on the business, workforce, and individual. By combining data on both workers and firms, linked data can investigate many questions that owner-level or firm-level data cannot easily answer alone - such as composition of the workforce at start-ups and their role in explaining business dynamics, the flow of workers across new and established firms, and the employment paths of the business owners themselves.

Suggested Citation

Goetz, Christopher and Hyatt, Henry R. and McEntarfer, Erika and Sandusky, Lee Kristin, The Promise and Potential of Linked Employer-Employee Data for Entrepreneurship Research (September 1, 2015). US Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies Paper No. CES-WP-15-29. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2667934 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2667934

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Henry R. Hyatt

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Erika McEntarfer

U.S. Census Bureau ( email )

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Washington, DC 20233
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Lee Kristin Sandusky

U.S. Census Bureau ( email )

4600 Silver Hill Road
Washington, DC 20233
United States

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