Identifying Bankruptcies in German Social Security Data

Many empirical studies about firm exits point out that it is important to distinguish between different types of closures, e.g., voluntary and involuntary liquidations. This report describes how exits due to bankruptcies can be identified in the German Establishment History Panel (BHP). In contrast to other closures, bankruptcies can be unambiguously regarded as indica-tion for economic failure and can therefore be interpreted as involuntary exits.

16. December 2017

Authors Daniel Fackler Eva Hank Steffen Müller Jens Stegmaier

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