enues, has an advantage in that it is a basic measure of both employer and nonemployer business activity and is a likely choice to measure aspects of producer dynamics for all segments of the business population.

The bottom line is that establishment data are integral to a flexible business data system, and the statistical agencies should resist giving this up simply because survey respondents do not necessarily organize their data in this particular format. Furthermore, calling mainly for use of the establishment concept in defining a business is a practical statement that aligns with what the statistical agencies can reasonably collect: data on location, industries of operation, ownership links, and economic activity. The framework is already used to generate statistics on producer dynamics; its full development requires that what is already measured (surveyed) in economic censuses should be extended to a larger set of firms in the business population on an occasional basis.

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