A Microlevel Analysis of Danish Dairy Cooperatives: Opportunities for Large Data in Business History

Paul Sharp, Sofia Henriques, Eoin McLaughlin, Xanthi Tsoukli, Christian Vedel

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Abstract

We contribute to the argument for a “new” business history employing a quantitative approach. We illustrate opportunities for new perspectives from this approach using a novel microlevel longitudinal database comprising 131 variables for 1,419 cooperative creameries in Denmark for the period 1898–1945, which we also document and make available to the scholarly community. We present a number of applications of the data, including investigating regional productivity differences, expenditure on fire insurance, and survivorship and reporting biases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages29
JournalEnterprise and Society
Early online date11 Apr 2023
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Apr 2023

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