Using an Original Firm-Level Survey to Assess Firms’ Policy Attitudes

Abstract

This case study discusses the process of working with original firm-survey data, focusing on the tasks of designing the survey, demonstrating the respondent sample’s representativeness, and analyzing the data. This research case focuses particularly on an application to trade-policy stances taken by Japanese manufacturers, and presents several points toward the improvement of the original survey. Readers are also encouraged to consider further approaches to causal inference in the firm-survey scenario.

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