Business Failures by Industry in the United States, 1895 to 1939: A Statistical History.
Dun's Review began publishing monthly data on bankruptcies by branch of business during the 1890s. This essay reconstructs that series, links it to its successors, and discusses how it can be used for economic analysis.
We thank Sorottha Han and Jeannie Quo for research assistance. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.