Kauffman Firm Survey (KFS) Fourth Follow Up Methodology Report

287 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2010 Last revised: 28 Mar 2012

David DesRoches

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Frank Potter

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Betsy Santos

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Zhanyun Zhao

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Date Written: March 16, 2010

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 KFS collects data about the nature of new business formation; the characteristics of the strategy, offerings, and employment patterns; the nature of the financial and organizational arrangements of these businesses; and the characteristics of those who own and operate them. With the completion of the Fourth Follow-Up Survey, the KFS has collected this information from the panel of diverse businesses over five years, providing a unique look at business dynamics over this formative period.

Keywords: establishment surveys, entrepreneurship, business surveys

Suggested Citation

DesRoches, David and Potter, Frank and Santos, Betsy and Zhao, Zhanyun, Kauffman Firm Survey (KFS) Fourth Follow Up Methodology Report (March 16, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1573819 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1573819

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Frank Potter

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. ( email )

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Princeton, NJ 08543-2393
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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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