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Alfred Nucci

Bureau of the Census
Center for Economic Studies
4600 Silver Hill Road
Washington, D.C. 20233

Institutional Affiliation: U.S. Census Bureau

NBER Working Papers and Publications

January 2009Measuring the Dynamics of Young and Small Businesses: Integrating the Employer and Nonemployer Universes
with Steven J. Davis, John Haltiwanger, Ronald S. Jarmin, C.J. Krizan, Javier Miranda, Kristin Sandusky
in Producer Dynamics: New Evidence from Micro Data, Timothy Dunne, J. Bradford Jensen, and Mark J. Roberts, editors
July 2007Measuring the Dynamics of Young and Small Businesses: Integrating the Employer and Nonemployer Universes
with Steven J. Davis, John Haltiwanger, Ron S. Jarmin, C. J. Krizan, Javier Miranda, Kristin Sandusky: w13226
We develop a preliminary version of an Integrated Longitudinal Business Database (ILBD) that combines administrative records and survey data for all employer and nonemployer business units in the United States. Unlike other large-scale business databases, the ILBD tracks business transitions from nonemployer to employer status. This feature of the ILBD opens a new frontier for the study of business formation, early lifecycle dynamics and the precursors to job creation in the U.S. economy. There are 5.4 million nonfarm business firms with employees as of 2000 and another 15.5 million with no employees. Our analysis focuses on 40 industries that account for nearly half of nonemployers and 36 percent of nonemployer revenues. Within these industries, nonemployers account for 14 percent of b...

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