An Analysis of Key Differences in Micro Data: Results from the Business List Comparison Project

Lucia Foster, Kristin Fairman, Cornell Krizan, and Ian Ruckerr


The Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of the Census each maintain a business register, a universe of all U.S. business establishments and their characteristics, created from independent sources. Both registers serve critical functions such as supplying aggregate data inputs for certain national statistics generated by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. This paper examines key micro-level differences across these two business registers.