Business Surveys as Longitudinal Surveys: EESW19 Session Announcement & Invitation

Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

On this year's EESW19 (the 6th European Establishment Statistics Workshop) I am organizing a session titled "Business Surveys as Longitudinal Surveys". It intends to boost our understanding of the conceptual similarity between longitudinal surveys and business surveys, aiming towards increased mutual sharing of their theories and best practices.

In recent decades, a body of knowledge has grown that formulates methods to appropriately design, analyse and perform longitudinal surveys (e.g. Lynn, 2009), which are defined as surveys that collect information on multiple occasions from the same subjects. In parallel, another body of knowledge has grown that addresses methodology appropriate for surveys of businesses and other corporate bodies (e.g Cox et al., 1995; Thompson et al., 2018).

In addition to that a panel design of some business surveys makes them longitudinal, business surveys due to skewness of business populations commonly involve a take-all stratum of large businesses that are included in every wave of an ongoing survey (for instance, the annual structural business survey carried out in each EU member state). While surveys in these take-all strata also fulfill the definition of a longitudinal survey, a review of the literature shows very few attempts to cast any kind of business surveys as longitudinal surveys. And, on the other hand, longitudinal survey methodology thus far seems to have emanated almost exclusively from the social (household) surveys experiences. 

Starting from the overall aim, the session invites papers that contribute to building the bridge between the two domains. It seeks studies that - while carried out in the tradition of longitudinal surveys - may prove fruitful also when their concepts, methods or results are applied to the field of business surveys.

And correspondingly, contributions are welcome that address the ways longitudinal surveys can benefit from the methodologies developed for panel business surveys, recurring business surveys with take-all strata, or based on other business surveys characteristics shared with longitudinal surveys.

Contributions that are sought may focus on the sampling component (statistical design and analysis), the non-sampling component (measurement, nonresponse, validation and imputation, burden reduction, etc), or on some broader perspective.

Abstracts should be submitted to eesw@enbes.org before the end of March 2019. For further information, registration, and contact details please visit: statswiki.unece.org/display/ENBES/EESW19. If you have a question about this particular session or would want to discuss an idea for it, you are welcome to reach me at boris.lorenc@blresearch.ee.

Looking forward to an interesting session at EESW19 in Bilbao, Spain, on September 25-27, 2019.

Boris Lorenc, PhD, survey methodologist



Cox, B.G., Binder, D.A., Chinnappa, B.N., Christianson, A., Colledge, M.J. and Kott, P.S. (eds.) (1995). Business Survey Methods. New York: Wiley.

Lynn, P. (ed.) Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Thompson, K. J., Phipps, P., Miller, D. and Snijkers, G. (eds.) (2018). Special Issue of the Journal of Official Statistics from the Fifth International Conference on Establishment Surveys (ICES -V). Available at: content.sciendo.com/view/journals/jos/34/2/jos.34.issue-2.xml.