Discussion paper

DP18640 Microdata for Economic Research in Europe: Challenges and Proposals

While access to high-quality microdata is essential for economic research and policy evaluation, effective access to such data remains limited in Europe. It varies from country to country, with uneven information on access procedures. This is a major obstacle to social science research, including research on European competitiveness and the effects of climate change, inequality, globalization, and digitalization. The objective of this paper, which is based on a brainstorming exercise coordinated by CEPR and CompNet, is to assess the status quo and discuss a series of proposals for improving access to Microdata for economic research. We underline the need for developing the relevant tools for extended access to and use of European business statistics microdata. Building such tools entails both establishing the requested microdata and creating a body facilitating cross-country access to the established databases with harmonized content.


Bartelsman, E, F Di Mauro, S Inferrera, M Matani, U Panizza and M Polder (2023), ‘DP18640 Microdata for Economic Research in Europe: Challenges and Proposals‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 18640. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp18640