The Kauffman Firm Survey: Results from the Baseline and First Follow-Up Surveys

40 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2008 Last revised: 1 Mar 2015

Janice Ballou

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Tom Barton

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

David DesRoches

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Frank Potter

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

E. J. Reedy

Kauffman Foundation

Alicia Robb

University of California, Berkeley - Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership; Kauffman Foundation; University of Colorado at Boulder

Scott Shane

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Economics

Zhanyun Zhao

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Date Written: March 2008

Abstract

As part of an effort to gather more data on new businesses in the United States, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation sponsored the Kauffman Firm Survey (KFS), a panel study of new businesses founded in 2004 and tracked over their early years of operation. The Kauffman Foundation contracted with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., (MPR) to conduct the KFS, which collects data about the nature of new business formation activity; characteristics of the strategy, offerings, and employment patterns of new businesses; the nature of the financial and organizational arrangements of these businesses; and the characteristics of their founders.

The KFS dataset provides researchers a unique opportunity to study a panel of new businesses from start-up to sustainability, with longitudinal data centering on topics such as how businesses are financed; the products, services, and innovations these businesses possess and develop in their early years of existence; and the characteristics of those who own and operate them.

Keywords: new business, business, united states, start-up, sustainability, longitudinal, data, finance, kauffman, mathematica, organization, innovation

Suggested Citation

Ballou, Janice and Barton, Tom and DesRoches, David and Potter, Frank and Reedy, E. J. and Robb, Alicia and Shane, Scott and Zhao, Zhanyun, The Kauffman Firm Survey: Results from the Baseline and First Follow-Up Surveys (March 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1098173 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1098173

Janice Ballou

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. ( email )

P.O. Box 2393
Princeton, NJ 08543-2393
United States

Tom Barton

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. ( email )

P.O. Box 2393
Princeton, NJ 08543-2393
United States

David DesRoches

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. ( email )

P.O. Box 2393
Princeton, NJ 08543-2393
United States
609-275-2366 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com

Frank Potter

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. ( email )

P.O. Box 2393
Princeton, NJ 08543-2393
United States

E. J. Reedy

Kauffman Foundation ( email )

4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2046
United States
8169321078 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.kauffman.org/research

Alicia Robb (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley - Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership ( email )

130 Blum Hall #5580
Berkeley, CA 94720-5580
United States

Kauffman Foundation ( email )

4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2046
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.kauffman.org/kfs

University of Colorado at Boulder ( email )

1070 Edinboro Drive
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

Scott A. Shane

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Economics ( email )

Cleveland, OH 44106
United States

Zhanyun Zhao

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. ( email )

P.O. Box 2393
Princeton, NJ 08543-2393
United States

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