An Introduction to the IBIS Database

Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 26/97

Date: October 1997


Stuart Kells
Christopher Worswick


This paper describes the IBIS database. The database contains detailed longitudinal information on an annual basis for medium to large firms in Australia over the period 1979 through to the present. The strengths and weaknesses of the data are discussed. The paper introduces two panels extracted from the database. The first ("long and shallow") panel contains 333 firms and extends from 1983 to 1994. The second ("short and deep") panel follows 939 firms over the period 1989 to 1994.

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