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How good are the UK VAT Registration Data at measuring firm births?

Lookup NU author(s): Cheryl Conway


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This paper utilises some data from a survey of recent VAT registrations in the North of England to examine two issues: first, the extent to which registrants are involved in setting up entirely new businesses; and secondly, the relationship between the date of registration and the start of trading. The paper suggests that some caution should be exercised in the use of VAT registration statistics in the analysis of firm births.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Conway CD, Johnson P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Small Business Economics

Year: 1997

Volume: 9

Issue: 5

Pages: 403-409

ISSN (print): 0921-898X

ISSN (electronic): 1573-0913


DOI: 10.1023/A:1007989110381


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