An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 1986 annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Minneapolis, MN. I am grateful to Robert Lake and George Sternlieb for their suggestions and comments.
DUN AND BRADSTREET'S MARKET IDENTIFIERS AND ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY*
Article first published online: 23 FEB 2005
The Professional Geographer
Volume 39, Issue 2, pages 166–172, May 1987
How to Cite
Schwartz, A. (1987), DUN AND BRADSTREET'S MARKET IDENTIFIERS AND ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY. The Professional Geographer, 39: 166–172. doi: 10.1111/j.0033-0124.1987.00166.x
- Issue published online: 23 FEB 2005
- Article first published online: 23 FEB 2005
- Dun and Bradstreet;
- employment change;
- industrial location;
- plant closings
An increasing number of studies of business start-ups, closings, and relocations rely on a single data base, DUNS Market Identifiers. This data file to U.S. business establishments provides researchers with essential information about individual firms and establishments. It also exhibits serveral idiosyncracies and requires careful consideration of the meaning of such basic terms as “location”and “firm.”Drawing from a recent survey of 500 New Jersey firms. I consider some of the methodological amd conceptual issues Dun and Bradstreet data pose for industrial location analysts. The Dun and Bradstreet listings exaggerate the exaggerate the incidence and magnitude of establishment openings and closing.