The KfW/Zew Start-Up Panel: Design and Research Potential

28 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2009

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Helmut Fryges

Technopolis Group; University of Tasmania - Australian Innovation Research Centre; Center for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Sandra Gottschalk

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Karsten Kohn

Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), KfW Development Bank; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Abstract

So far, there has been no data set which observes firm formations in Germany not only on a cross-sectional basis using one-time surveys, but continuously over a number of years. Therefore, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), KfW Bankengruppe and Creditreform set up a panel study of newly founded firms in Germany: the KfW/ZEW Start-up Panel. In each of the yearly panel waves computer-aided telephone interviews (CATI) are conducted with about 6,000 start-up firms from almost all industries. The KfW/ZEW Start-up Panel will for the first time enable profound analyses of the temporal development of newly founded firms, including studies of firm survival. This paper describes the design of the KfW/ZEW Start-up Panel. The surveyメs research potential is illustrated using data from the first panel wave conducted in the year 2008. Data access for external researchers and data protection issues of the confidential micro data are discussed.

Keywords: firm foundation, micro data, firm data, panel data, Germany

JEL Classification: C80, L20, J20, G30

Suggested Citation

Fryges, Helmut and Gottschalk, Sandra and Kohn, Karsten, The KfW/Zew Start-Up Panel: Design and Research Potential. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4441, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1489264

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