Synthetic Longitudinal Business Database (SynLBD)

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SynLBD Beta Data Product

  • Synthesizes information on establishments'
    • Employment
    • Payroll
    • Birth and death years
    • Industrial classification
  • Generated by
    • Fitting models on sensitive information in the collected data
    • Simulating replacement values from these models
    • Testing them for disclosure risk
  • An experimental data product produced by the U.S. Census Bureau in collaboration with
    • Duke University
    • Cornell University
    • National Institute of Statistical Sciences
    • Internal Revenue Service
    • National Science Foundation
  • For detailed information, see:
    Kinney, Satkartar K., Jerome P. Reiter, Arnold P. Reznek, Javier Miranda, Ron S. Jarmin and John M. Abowd. 2011.
        Towards Unrestricted Public Use Business Microdata: The Synthetic Longitudinal Business Database. PDF (277 KB)
        Center for Economic Studies Discussion Paper CES-WP-11-04.

        Appendix: LBD Synthesis Procedures PDF (138 KB)

 What is Synthetic  Data?

Data that replicates the structure and statistical properties of the original confidential dataset, without using original content.

 What is the BDS?

The Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) is a public–use data set of annual aggregate statistics describing establishment openings and closings, firm startups, job creation and destruction by firm size, age, industrial sector, and state.

 What is the

The Virtual RDC provides access to public–use data products and a computing environment that mirrors the Census Bureau RDCs.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Center for Economic Studies | (301) 763-6460 | E-mail CES |  Last Revised: September 12, 2013