Future of Business Survey - Aggregated Data

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The Future of Business survey is a collaboration between Facebook, the OECD and the World Bank to provide timely insights on the perceptions, challenges, and outlook of online Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The Future of Business survey was first launched as a monthly survey in 17 countries in February 2016 and expanded to 42 countries in 2018. In 2019, the Future of Business survey increased coverage to 97 countries and moved to a bi-annual cadence.

The target population consists of SMEs that have an active Facebook business Page and include both newer and longer-standing businesses, spanning across a variety of sectors. To date, more than 90 million SMEs have created a Facebook Page, and more than 700,000 of these Facebook Page owners have taken the survey. With more businesses leveraging online tools each day, the survey provides a lens into a new mobilized, digital economy and, in particular, insights on the actors: a relatively unmeasured community worthy of deeper consideration and considerable policy interest.

The survey includes questions about perceptions of current and future economic activity, challenges, business characteristics and strategy. Custom modules include questions related to regulation, access to finance, digital payments, and digital skills. The full questionnaire is available for download.

This dataset contains survey response data aggregated by country and wave.

Type: 
Time Series
Topics: 
Gender
Private Sector Development
Trade
Economy Coverage: 
High Income
Low Income
Lower Middle Income
Upper Middle Income
Languages Supported: 
English
Geographical Coverage: 
Australia
Hong Kong SAR, China
Indonesia
Japan
Korea, Rep.
Lao PDR
Malaysia
Myanmar
New Zealand
Philippines
Singapore
Taiwan, China
Thailand
Vietnam
Albania
Austria
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Lithuania
Macedonia, FYR
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russian Federation
Serbia
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
United Kingdom
Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Costa Rica
Colombia
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Trinidad and Tobago
Uruguay
Algeria
Egypt, Arab Rep.
Iraq
Israel
Jordan
Lebanon
Libya
Morocco
Saudi Arabia
Tunisia
Canada
United States
Bangladesh
India
Pakistan
Nepal
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Cameroon
Côte d'Ivoire
Ethiopia
Ghana
Kenya
Mozambique
Nigeria
Senegal
South Africa
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia
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Temporal Coverage: 
2016 - 2019

Update Frequency

Update Frequency: 
Biannually
Release Date: 
September 15, 2016

Last Updated

Last Updated: 
March 7, 2019
CSV

CSV File: Winter, 2018

The data file for winter 2018 wave covers topics including industry choice, use of social media and presence of role models among business owners.

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CSV File: 9/2016 - 4/2018

This data file includes all data from September 2016 through April 2018 (27 waves), when the Future of Business was administered as a monthly survey largely consisting of standardized questions businesses' economic outlook, trade status and use of online tools.

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The Future of Business survey is a collaboration between Facebook, the OECD and the World Bank to provide timely insights on the perceptions, challenges, and outlook of online Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The Future of Business survey was first launched as a monthly survey in 17 countries in February 2016 and expanded to 42 countries in 2018. In 2019, the Future of Business survey increased coverage to 97 countries and moved to a bi-annual cadence.

The target population consists of SMEs that have an active Facebook business Page and include both newer and longer-standing businesses, spanning across a variety of sectors. To date, more than 90 million SMEs have created a Facebook Page, and more than 700,000 of these Facebook Page owners have taken the survey. With more businesses leveraging online tools each day, the survey provides a lens into a new mobilized, digital economy and, in particular, insights on the actors: a relatively unmeasured community worthy of deeper consideration and considerable policy interest.

The survey includes questions about perceptions of current and future economic activity, challenges, business characteristics and strategy. Custom modules include questions related to regulation, access to finance, digital payments, and digital skills. The full questionnaire is available for download.

This dataset contains survey response data aggregated by country and wave.

FieldValue
Modified Date
2019-03-07
Release Date
Periodicity
Month
Identifier
de192cea-bc8e-4fec-b416-0c79a67972a9
Temporal Coverage

2016 - 2019

License
License Not Specified
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Type: 
Languages Supported: 
Update Frequency: 
Data Classification of a Dataset: 
Start Date: 
Monday, February 15, 2016
End Date: 
Friday, March 1, 2019
DEC
Programatic Region: 
Release Date: 
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Last Updated Date: 
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Granularity: 
Modified date: 
17962
Primary Dataset: 
Yes

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