The Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs: An Introduction

73 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2015 Last revised: 12 May 2016

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Lucia Foster

U.S. Census Bureau - Center for Economic Studies

Patrice Norman

Government of the United States of America - Bureau of the Census

Date Written: May 1, 2016

Abstract

The Census Bureau continually seeks to improve its measures of the U.S. economy as part of its mission. In some cases this means expanding or updating the content of its existing surveys, expanding the use of administrative data, and/or exploring the use of privately collected data. When these options cannot provide the needed data, the Census Bureau may consider fielding a new survey to fill the gap. This paper describes one such new survey, the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (ASE). Innovations in content, format, and process are designed to provide high-quality, timely, frequent information on the activities of one of the important drivers of economic growth: entrepreneurship. The ASE is collected through a partnership of the Census Bureau with the Kauffman Foundation and the Minority Business Development Agency. The first wave of the ASE collection started in fall of 2015 (for reference period 2014) and results will be released in summer 2016. Qualified researchers on approved projects will be able to access micro data from the ASE through the Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) network.

Suggested Citation

Foster, Lucia and Norman, Patrice, The Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs: An Introduction (May 1, 2016). US Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies Paper No. CES-WP-15-40R. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2689868 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2689868

Lucia Foster (Contact Author)

U.S. Census Bureau - Center for Economic Studies ( email )

4700 Silver Hill Road
Washington, DC 20233
United States

Patrice Norman

Government of the United States of America - Bureau of the Census ( email )

4600 Silver Hill Road
Washington, DC 20233-9100
United States

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