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COMPENDIA: Harmonizing Business Ownership Data Across Countries and Over Time

  • André van StelEmail author
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Abstract

This paper presents a harmonized data set over the period 1972–2002, containing two-yearly data on the number of non-agricultural business owners and the size of the labour force for 23 OECD countries, as well as the quotient of these two variables which is called the business ownership rate of a country. The data set is called COMPENDIA, which means COMParative ENtrepreneurship Data for International Analysis. It has been constructed by EIM Business and Policy Research, using OECD statistics as well as other relevant sources. We make an attempt to make business ownership rates comparable across countries and over time.

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harmonizing data business ownership self-employment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic SystemsJenaGermany
  2. 2.EIM Business and Policy ResearchZoetermeerThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic SystemsJenaGermany

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