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Statistical Databases for Economic Research on the Financing of Small Firms in the United States


  • Charles C. Ou

    (Office of Economic Research, Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration)


This paper updates information about the databases available for researchers in conducting small business financial research. A definition of a statistical database is provided first as a basis for selecting a database suitable for statistical research. Five major databases are discussed in detail, followed by a brief discussion of eight data sources for time series information on activities in specific financing markets for small firms. Comments are provided on the strengths and weakness of each of the five major databases regarding their uses for conducting different types of research and on possible areas for improvement.

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  • Charles C. Ou, 2005. "Statistical Databases for Economic Research on the Financing of Small Firms in the United States," Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management, vol. 10(3), pages 35-62, Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:pep:journl:v:10:y:2005:i:3:p:35-62

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    1. Wolken, John D., 1998. ""New" data sources for research on small business finance," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 22(6-8), pages 1067-1076, August.
    2. Karen E. Dynan & Kathleen W. Johnson & Samuel M. Slowinski, 2002. "Survey of finance companies, 2000," Federal Reserve Bulletin, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.), issue Jan, pages 1-14.
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    Small Firm; Small Business; Financing;

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    • M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups


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