Kauffman Firm Survey (KFS) Second Follow Up Methodology Report

250 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2008 Last revised: 28 Mar 2012

David DesRoches

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Janice Ballou

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Frank Potter

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Betsy Santos

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Zhanyun Zhao

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Date Written: October 7, 2008

Abstract

Although entrepreneurship is crucial to a capitalist economy, little information is available about U.S. businesses in their first years of operation. 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 businesses founded in 2004 and tracked over their first years of operation. The Foundation contracted with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (MPR) to conduct the KFS, which collects data about the nature of new business formation; characteristics of the strategy, offerings, and employment patterns; the nature of the financial and organizational arrangements of these businesses; and the characteristics of their founders. With the completion of the Second Follow-Up, the KFS has collected this information from the panel for three years, providing a unique look at business dynamics over this formative period.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, establishment surveys

Suggested Citation

DesRoches, David and Ballou, Janice and Potter, Frank and Santos, Betsy and Zhao, Zhanyun, Kauffman Firm Survey (KFS) Second Follow Up Methodology Report (October 7, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1284474 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1284474

David DesRoches (Contact Author)

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Janice Ballou

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. ( email )

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

Frank Potter

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. ( email )

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

Betsy Santos

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. ( email )

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

Zhanyun Zhao

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. ( email )

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

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