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Improvements and Future Challenges for the Research Infrastructure in the Field Firm Level Data


  • Joachim Wagner

    () (Institute of Economics, Leuphana University of Lüneburg)


This paper discusses issues related to the use of confidential firm level data in Germany. It starts by defining firm level data (in section 1) and reminding us what they are good for (in section 2), who produces firm level data in Germany, and how researchers can access these data today (in section 3). In section 4, new and ongoing developments are discussed that are leading to new products – new types of firm level data that will enhance the research potential available to researchers considerably in the near future. Section 5 concludes with a wish-list.

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  • Joachim Wagner, 2008. "Improvements and Future Challenges for the Research Infrastructure in the Field Firm Level Data," Working Paper Series in Economics 88, University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:lue:wpaper:88

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    1. Stefan Liebig, 2009. "Organizational Data," Working Paper Series of the German Council for Social and Economic Data 67, German Council for Social and Economic Data (RatSWD).
    2. Joachim Wagner, 2008. "Joachim Wagner Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, e-mail: Exportaktivitäten und Rendite in niedersächsischen Industrieunternehmen," Working Paper Series in Economics 95, University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics.

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