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The Business Dynamics Research Consortium has compiled multiple data sets on business and economic activity creating a comprehensive and accessible databank (BDRC Databank) on the US economy, and in the process attract and serve diverse research initiatives across multiple disciplines and academic institutions. We provide transparent large establishment data and aggregated government data about the U.S. economy you can use.

BDRC Databank

Building a better economic resource

The cumulative effect of BDRC is to assemble and avail large, simply usable, transparent time-series data sets that are unveiling the reality of the dynamic U.S. economy. Each of these separately assembled data sources can be quickly queried with over 61 million business data records each containing over 350 field variables can be instantly available on your computer desktop.

Currently deposited into the databank:

YourEconomy Time Series (YTS)

YTS is a new establishment time series being developed by BDRC and UW-Extension. Data variables include business type, location information, employment, sales, and special indicators like latitude and longitude, and first and last year in the database. Version 2 of YTS (includes 35% more establishments) was released in May of 2017 and is now available thru our data discovery and time series locator (DDaTSL) tool online, and can be used at in June of 2017.

YTS focuses on establishments that are "in-business" meaning they are intent on conducting business or commercial activities, or have a DBA (doing business as) physical location for that purpose. We use two very large Infogroup databases to assemble YTS, 1) The Verified File and 2) The Pre-verified File; both with establishment data from 1997 thru the beginning of the current year. Conversely, government data and other data resources like Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) include "all-establishment" entities that also include legal or financial transaction based entities (sometimes referred to as "paper companies") that are formed strictly for legal or financial/tax purposes.

Building YourEconomy Time Series (YTS) »

Infogroup Business and Consumer Data

Infogroup is the original compiler of both consumer and business establishment data integrating new and innovative data sources for higher quality data & complete U.S. coverage from 1997. Each year of new data is available in March of the following year which presents only a 3 to 4 month lag in having the latest year data available!

Infogroup data sources and methodology can bee seen here in 6 easy to read "posters" which hang in large form in the Infogroup offices as a reminder of their strong verification processes:

Infogroup Key Sources and Methods Overview »   

More info on Infogroup

Infogroup website »    Contact Infogroup »


Powerlytics provides unique economic insights into over 34 million businesses, including complete financial statements for all for-profit public and private businesses, and over 200 financial variables for 144 million anonymized households. Powerlytics sources the Census, Department of Labor, and the IRS to model actual, comprehensive establishment data.

More info on Powerlytics

Powerlytics Analysis and Info Sheet »    Contact PowerLytics »

Other Exclusive BDRC Data

Firm totals: Using the parent/sibling relationships that links each establishment to a parent; establishments, jobs, and sales for every parent (HQ), branch, subsidiary, or standalone establishment are available.

Time-series variables: BDRC assembles additional unique time series variables, they are: MSAs, HQFIPS, churn tracking (birth, death, expansion, contraction, and move indicators).

Private capital data: We match over 80,000 private equity companies to our Infogroup data source showing finance type and ownership status: 1997-2015. Note: all other private capital data can be accessed thru PitchBook.

Public market identification: public market identification including exchange, stock symbol, and IPO date.

Congressional District identification: Congressional District identification for every establishment each year in the time-series from the 114th Congress.