An Overview of the Kauffman Firm Survey: Results from 2009 Business Activities

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Research Paper

8 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2011

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Alicia Robb

University of Colorado at Boulder; Next Wave Impact; Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

E. J. Reedy

University of Chicago - Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship

Date Written: March 1, 2011

Abstract

Although entrepreneurial activity is an important part of a capitalist economy, data about U.S. businesses in their early years of operation have been extremely limited. As part of an effort to gather more information on new businesses in the United States, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation created the Kauffman Firm Survey (KFS), a panel study of new businesses founded in 2004 and tracked over their early years of operation. The KFS dataset provides researchers with a unique opportunity to study a panel of new businesses from startup 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. This report highlights basic trends within the panel and some of the new questions that were added to the survey in 2009. Calendar year 2009 data on the firms’ sixth year of operations are now available online, in the NORC Data Enclave, and at the Census Bureau’s Research Data Centers.

Keywords: Kauffman Firm Survey, KFS, data, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial, activity, firm, trends

Suggested Citation

Robb, Alicia and Reedy, E. J., An Overview of the Kauffman Firm Survey: Results from 2009 Business Activities (March 1, 2011). Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1802597 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1802597

Alicia Robb (Contact Author)

University of Colorado at Boulder ( email )

Leeds Business School
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

Next Wave Impact ( email )

7455 Park Lane Road
Longmount, CO 80503
United States

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

1000 Peachtree Street N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309-4470
United States

E. J. Reedy

University of Chicago - Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship ( email )

5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Suite 207
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
773-834-0812 (Phone)

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