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New Firm Creation in the United States: A PSED I Overview

152 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2010  

Paul D. Reynolds

Florida International University, Eugenio Pino & Family Global Entrepreneurship Center

Date Written: June, 21 2010

Abstract

The first US Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics [PSED I] is the most comprehensive assessment of the firm creation process yet completed. Based on a representative sample of those actively involved in business creation, analysis begins with the consideration of 75 factors that may affect the decision of adults to get involved in the creation of a new business, followed by a detailed exploration of over 130 factors that may be associated with completing the start-up process with a new firm. The results indicate, first, that over ten million persons are involved in the firm start-up phase as nascent entrepreneurs. Second, the major factors associated with entry into the start-up process have little impact on completion of the process with an operating business. Third, activities pursued in the start-up process - not the characteristics of the entrepreneur, the start-up, or the location - have a major impacts on the transition from start-up to a successful new firm. There is little impact associated with being male; being White, Black or Hispanic; having more education; being wealthy; having experience with other start-ups; having an “entrepreneurial personality”; or being in a supportive environment. This project demonstrates the value of tracking a representative sample of nascent entrepreneurs with a longitudinal study. Implications for future research, entrepreneurs, and public policy are substantial.

Contents:
New Firm Creation: Importance and Need for More Details;
Conceptualization of the Process;
Becoming a Nascent Entrepreneur: Conception to the Start-Up Process;
Creating a New Business: Results from the Start-Up;
Overview and Implications: References;
PSED I Scholarly Works;
Methodological Appendices

Keywords: nascent entrepreneurs, longitudinal study, economic growth

Suggested Citation

Reynolds, Paul D., New Firm Creation in the United States: A PSED I Overview (June, 21 2010). Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship Vol. 3, No. 1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1628242

Paul D. Reynolds (Contact Author)

Florida International University, Eugenio Pino & Family Global Entrepreneurship Center ( email )

University Park
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
United States

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