An Overview of the Kauffman Firm Survey: Results from 2010 Business Activities

12 Pages Posted: 11 May 2012

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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: May 1, 2012

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. Only recently has it become apparent what important contributions new and young businesses make to job creation and innovation activities. As part of an effort to understand the dynamics of new businesses in the United States, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (the Foundation) sponsored the Kauffman Firm Survey (KFS), a panel study of new businesses founded in 2004 that are being tracked annually over their first eight years of operation. Tracking businesses over time allows us to follow business evolutions that would not be apparent in cross-sectional snapshots, the more typical collection method. The KFS dataset provides researchers with a unique opportunity to study a panel of new businesses from startup to sustainability (or exit), 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.

Data currently are available through calendar year 2010, the seventh year of operations for continuing businesses. Additionally, since our panel came into existence before the most recent recession, following these businesses allows us to get a picture of how young businesses in the United States have recovered or been affected. A series of tables give a broad overview of the 4,928 businesses included in the Kauffman Firm Survey that are nationally representative of startups from 2004.

Further analysis is available in papers that are posted to the KFS section of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation website as they are completed.

Keywords: kauffman firm survey, kfs, startup, young business, data, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial

Suggested Citation

Robb, Alicia and Reedy, E. J., An Overview of the Kauffman Firm Survey: Results from 2010 Business Activities (May 1, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2055265 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2055265

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
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Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

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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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