Adjusting Imperfect Data

Lars Vilhuber

in The Structure of Wages

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780226470504
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226470511 | DOI:
Adjusting Imperfect Data

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This chapter discusses two data elements that remain fundamentally different across countries—the sampling or data collection methodology and the basic unit of analysis (establishment or firm)—and the extent to which they differ. It also reviews some of the problems that impact longitudinally linked administrative data in general. Then, the chapter considers some of the solutions analysts and statistical agencies have implemented, and some that they did not. The Nordic data, in general, report statistics calculated at both the firm and the plant level, whereas France, Belgium, Italy, the Swedish Employers' Federation, and the United States calculate statistics at the firm level. The tax rate increases as firms lay off large numbers of workers. In the Finnish data, the administrative codes seem to track the economic entity quite accurately.

Keywords: data collection; firm; France; Belgium; Italy; United States; tax rate; lay off

Chapter.  10193 words. 

Subjects: International Economics

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