Data Sources for Business Statistics: What has Changed?

Stefan Bender, Joseph Sakshaug

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The production of business statistics has been experiencing a shift from a primary reliance on singlesource statistics based on survey data to a greater reliance on alternative data sources and multisource statistics. Much of this shift has focused on the potential uses of unstructured data sources originating from digitalization processes. This article provides an overview of the current landscape of data sources for business statistics, highlighting some of their advantages/disadvantages, applications, and opportunities and challenges of linking them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-18
Number of pages9
JournalThe Survey Statistician
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2022


  • administrative data
  • Big Data
  • data linkage
  • data collection
  • sample surveys


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