Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149517
Authors: 
Bartelsman, Eric
Hagsten, Eva
Polder, Michael
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 17-003/IV
Abstract: 
This paper provides technical documentation to a database built up from firm-level sources titled Micro moments database(MMD) that is made available for researchers through Eurostat. The MMD is an internationally harmonized research database of statistical moments collected from linked longitudinal firm-level data in a large selection of EU national statistical offices. The underlying sources for the database are business registers, firm-level surveys on production, usage of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and innovative activities, as well as recorded information on trade and worker education, all linked at the firm level. The unit of observation in the MMD represents groups of firms within industries and allows research that bridges micro and macro analysis. The paper delineates the type of research questions that uniquely can be addressed with the MMD, and the advantages and disadvantages of using MMD for questions where alternative datasets are available. The paper next presents the methodology underlying construction of the MMD and provides documentation of the rich set of features. Finally, the paper provides descriptive statistics that highlight the unique character of the data and reviews some of the cross-country analytical work already conducted using the MMD.
Subjects: 
Innovation
ICT
Productivity
Intangible Investment
linked firm-level datasets
JEL: 
D2
E2
F1
J2
L2
O3
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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