Working Paper Series (SD/WP/03/September 2016): Business Demography Statistics: A case study of selected countries in Asia-Pacific

Working Paper Series (SD/WP/03/September 2016): Business Demography Statistics: A case study of selected countries in Asia-Pacific

Date: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Type: 
Public information and advocacy materials
Abstract

This paper provides a general overview of Business Demography Statistics (BDS) and illustrates current practices through country case studies from the Asia-Pacific region.

First, a review of the main international guidelines and standards is conducted in order to compile a comprehensive typology of demographic events, and a review of the main data sources for the production of BDS. Then, the paper outlines the use and importance of BDS as an instrument for informed policy-making and policy evaluation. Finally, three country case studies (Australia, New Zealand, and the Republic of Korea) are provided with the purpose of offering insight on the business demography statistics produced in the region.

It is the hope of the authors that the paper will motivate national statistical offices (NSOs) in the region to compile BDS for informed decision-making and generate understanding of the need for the development of statistical capacity and infrastructure, especially statistical business registers, for compilation of BDS.

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