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

Christopher Goetz (), Henry Hyatt (), Erika McEntarfer () and Kristin Sandusky

No 21639, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

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.

JEL-codes: J21 L26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015-10
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Published as The Promise and Potential of Linked Employer-Employee Data for Entrepreneurship Research , Christopher Goetz, Henry Hyatt, Erika McEntarfer, Kristin Sandusky. in Measuring Entrepreneurial Businesses: Current Knowledge and Challenges , Haltiwanger, Hurst, Miranda, and Schoar. 2017

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