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Commercial sources & compiling statistics. Floortje Sniedt Statistics Netherlands Department of Business Statistics. Wiesbaden Group, Paris Session 6c: “ Measuring multinationals’ activity and groups register” 26 November 2008. Background.

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commercial sources compiling statistics

Commercial sources & compiling statistics

Floortje Sniedt

Statistics Netherlands

Department of Business Statistics

Wiesbaden Group, Paris

Session 6c: “Measuring multinationals’ activity and groups register”

26 November 2008

background
Background
  • - Outward-FATS (FATS = Foreign AffiliaTes Statistics)
  • - Registers (Chamber of Commerce, Tax Authorities)
  • Commercial databases?
  • Dun & Bradstreet; ORBIS (Bureau van Dijk)

Research goal: to examine the usefulness and quality of commercial databases in compiling FATS statistics

research
Research
  • Databases provided us with datasets for a sample of “Dutch companies with foreign affiliates”
  • Datasets were judged on several quality aspects
  • Relevance
  • Timeliness
  • Accuracy & reliability
  • Comparability
  • Accessibility
  • Stability & continuity
problem 1 structure of databases

……

2005

2006

2007

Etc.

……

2007

2005

2006

Etc.

Variables

+referencelabel

ORBIS

Ownership database

Financial-economic

database

Companies

Variables

Dun

&

Bradstreet

Only most recent data

Companies

+referencelabel

Ownership &

financial-economic

database

Problem 1: structure of databases

Local information providers

problem 2 availability accuracy
Problem 2: availability & accuracy
  • - Accuracy of ownership-structures
  • - repeatedly wrong ‘UCI’s’
  • - often foreign affiliates “missing”
  • - Accuracy of financial-economic data
  • - only ~25% of the data of foreign affiliates available
  • - however......NOT plausible!
problem 3 regional coverage
Problem 3: regional coverage
  • Several EXTRA-EU countries do not have “trusted” local information providers
  • Underrepresentation of companies in databases
conclusion
Conclusion
  • It is NOT POSSIBLE to compile outward- FATS using commercial databases
  • Data have to be collected by questioning Dutch UCI’s about activities in extra-EU countries(restricted to largest Dutch UCI’s)
company visits insights
Company visits: insights
  • - Relevant data with respect to extra-EU affiliates are available at level of Dutch UCI
  • These data are not provided to other (government) agencies
  • For reporting by UCI’s, it would be helpful if the Business Unit structure will be taken into account
thank you for your attention

Questions?

Thank you for your attention!

Floortje Sniedt ========= f.sniedt@cbs.nl