250 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2008 Last revised: 28 Mar 2012
Date Written: October 7, 2008
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: 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