Sampling, Stratification, Expansion and Results of a Business Survey in the German Business-related Services Sector

Kaiser, Ulrich ; Kreuter, Markus ; Niggemann, Hiltrud

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-5606
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2000
The title of a journal, publication series: None
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: C42 C81 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Deutschland , Expansion , Umfrage
Abstract: No other area of the German economy has developed so emphatically in the past ten years as has that of business-related services. Regardless of its growing overall economic importance, official statistics fail to provide economic researchers and economic policy with current data on the business-realted service sector. In such a situation where quantitative information about certain sectors is lacking, data obtained from business surveys give important information on the state of economy. The outcome of such surveys crucially depends on the expansion factors attached to the responses of individual firms. In this paper it is shown how a robust method of calculating expansion factors can be obtained using known auxiliary totals from the population. Robust in this sense means that the expanded data of the ZEW/Creditreform business survey are insensitive to changes in the sample design while the non-expanded data are not.
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