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What Do Survey Data Tell Us about US Businesses?

Anmol Bhandari, Serdar Birinci (), Ellen McGrattan and Kurt See ()

No 26063, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: This paper examines the reliability of survey data on business incomes, valuations, and rates of return, which are key inputs for studies of wealth inequality and entrepreneurial choice. We compare survey responses of business owners with available data from administrative tax records, brokered private business sales, and publicly traded company filings and document problems due to nonrepresentative samples and measurement errors across several surveys, subsamples, and years. We find that the discrepancies are economically relevant for the statistics of interest. We investigate reasons for these discrepancies and propose corrections for future survey designs.

JEL-codes: C83 E22 H25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-07
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Published as Anmol Bhandari & Serdar Birinci & Ellen R. McGrattan & Kurt See, 2020. "What Do Survey Data Tell Us about US Businesses?," American Economic Review: Insights, American Economic Association, vol. 2(4), pages 443-458, December.

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