Statistics NZ’s Longitudinal Business Database (LBD) is a linked longitudinal dataset that covers a range of business information. The LBD allows for policy evaluation and research analysis, and the production of statistical outputs on business performance. It currently includes business-level data from Statistics NZ’s surveys and various administrative sources. Data in the LBD is updated annually.
See A Rough Guide to New Zealand's Longitudinal Business Database (2nd edition)
for an introductory guide to the content and structure of the data aimed at new and prospective users. Where relevant, it references other publications which provide greater detail on particular aspects of the data. It also briefly describes access protocols for researchers, and processes for updating and expanding the database. This paper provides an update and extension of the first edition See A rough guide to New Zealand's Longitudinal Business Database
(PDF, 17 pages, 273kb).
Data available in the LBD
*BFS, BPS, INN, and MEUS were one-off datasets in the LBD.
**2013 IR10 data is available only in load tables as at January 2016.
View research reports using data from the LBD.
Accessing the LBD
Statistics NZ Data Lab has information on how to apply for access.
All research proposals are assessed using our microdata access protocols.
History of the LBD
The Improved Business Understanding via Longitudinal Database Development (IBULDD) project was a two-year feasibility project. The purpose of the project was to test the feasibility of creating a longitudinal firm-level database covering the time period 1999–2005/06. The project was funded by Cross Departmental Research Pool (CDRP) money and finished in December 2007 with the successful creation of the prototype Longitudinal Business Database (LBD).
About the development of the Longitudinal Business Database
These reports look at Statistics NZ's development of the LBD. There is an overview of what the IBULDD is, and the findings and recommendations of a review into the project's progress.
Page updated 26 February 2016