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Reconstructing entrepreneur and business numbers for censuses 1851-81. Working paper 9.

Bennett, Robert and Montebruno, Piero and Smith, Harry and van Lieshout, Carry (2018): Reconstructing entrepreneur and business numbers for censuses 1851-81. Working paper 9.

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Abstract

This paper develops a reconstruction method to identify entrepreneurs 1851-81. Its aim is to reconstruct the numbers of employers and own account business people for 1851-1881, which are the years where employment status was not explicitly identified in the population censuses. The individuals are identified with varied levels of certainty. These will be invaluable resources for subsequent research and will be available in the entrepreneurs database deposited at UK Data Archive (UKDA), derived from the ESRC-supported project ES/M010953 Drivers of Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses. The final reconstruction is used for a wide range of aggregate analysis in the ESRC-Drivers of Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses.

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