Data quality in interlocking directorates

Javier Garcia-Bernardo

SUNBELT, April 10th, 2016

@javiergb_com / @UvACORPNET

1. Interlocking directorates

 

Corporate networks

Corporate networks

2. Types of missing data

2.1. Missing fields

2.2. Missing nodes

2.1. Fields missing

Employment    Turnover    Sector         ID

2.2. Nodes missing
2.2. Nodes missing
2.2. Nodes missing

ORBIS data (200 million companies)

Observed average revenue

3. How to know where

your data stands?

3.1.  Exploration: Comparison with external sources

3.2. Explanation: Distribution approach

Company data quality

Many small companies are missing

3.1. Exploration

0-9           10-19       20-49      50-249     GE250

Interactive visualizations

 

3.1. Exploration
Code: https://github.com/uvacorpnet/interactive_visualizations

Our data is biased toward big companies

  • Higher GDP/capita ➙ Larger average companies
  • Higher GDP/capita ➙  Higher quality
  • Higher quality ➙  Smaller observed average  (since we have the small ones)

 

3.1. Exploration

Our data is biased toward big companies

  • Higher GDP/capita ➙ Larger average companies
  • Higher GDP/capita ➙  Higher quality
  • Higher quality ➙  Smaller observed average  (since we have the small ones)

Results in lack of correlation:

3.1. Exploration

Distribution approach:

3.2.1. Data follows lognormal distribution (loc and scale).

3.2.2. The lognormal distributions have constant scale.

3.2.3. Macro-economics to estimate location parameter.

3.2.4. Assess completeness

3.2. Explanation
3.2.1. Data follows lognormal distribution.

- Slope 1 relationship  VAR[X] vs E[X] = constant scale

- Constant scale: Linear relationship between E[X] and location

3.2.2. The lognormal distributions have constant scale.

- Use macro-economic indicators to find average and location parameter

3.2.3. Macro-economics to estimate location parameter.

AVERAGE IN THE DATABASE

ESTIMATED AVERAGE 

3.2.4. Assess completeness

- We have 1) observed average 2) estimated average. 

- The relationship between both is proportional to completeness under reasonable assumptions

Company revenue


- We know which type of companies are missing. 

 

- We know the directors associated to the type of companies that are missing.

 

- We can recreate companies and their directors and measure the impact on network measures (in progress).

 

4. Conclusions

We’re a multidisciplinary team, bringing together political science, computer science, network science, sociology, and based at the Amsterdam Insitute for Social Science Research. 

 

We're hiring two PhD positions on corporate control and network analysis (see corpnet.uva.nl or @UvACORPNET for details)

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Javier Garcia-Bernardo
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