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Lunchtime Seminar

Trade and Business Registers:
Use of Administrative data

Wednesday 27 February 2013, 1:15 - 2:15 pm
Conference Rm. 7, Temporary North Lawn Building
United Nations, New York

New developments in business registers and business statistics, and their relation to trade and other economic and social statistics will be presented by Statistics Netherlands, Statistics Portugal and ISTAT (tbc). The Dutch government recently facilitated the alignment of business ID numbers among various national administrations making it easier to maintain the business register. Because of the micro-data linking of economic and social statistics, Statistics Netherlands gains many insights into the countryís economic make-up, which it publishes in the Internationalisation Monitor. Statistics Portugal has accrued some years of experience with businesses reporting statistics directly with tax information from their accounting systems to the government and will tell about the advantages and disadvantages. In Italy, the national statistical institute (ISTAT) has increased its efforts to develop micro-level economic data around its business register, and make these available to government and research institutes.  

More generally, we will hear about the benefits and costs of the use of administrative data and of the linking of basic data sources. How do we see the cost-benefit in the broadest sense of maintaining and using economic micro-data? Is it possible and beneficial for developing countries to maintain a business register and use it (also) for data linking? The investment of data linking is relatively low and the returns in the form of new economic insights are high. What would be your view on this? 

The overall format will be a panel of Netherlands, Portugal and Italy with short presentations and discussion. Depending on the time, some results from the collaborative work of Costa Rica and UNSD on linking trade statistics with the business register will also be shown. 

Organizer: United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
Lunchtime Seminar, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Chairperson:
Ronald Jansen, Chief, Trade Statistics, UNSD
Panelists:
- Geert Bruinooge, Deputy Director-General, Statistics Netherlands
  - Helena Cordeiro, Vice President, Statistics Portugal
  - Enrico Giovannini, President, ISTAT, Italy
  Discussion