The Kauffman Index 2016: Main Street Entrepreneurship State Trends

136 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2016 Last revised: 1 Dec 2016

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Inara Tareque

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Arnobio Morelix

Startup Genome

Robert W. Fairlie

University of California, Santa Cruz - Department of Economics

Joshua Russell-Fritch

Independent

E. J. Reedy

University of Chicago - Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship

Date Written: November 1, 2016

Abstract

The Kauffman Index of Main Street Entrepreneurship is a comprehensive indicator of small business activity in the United States, integrating high-quality sources of timely information into one composite indicator. The Index captures business activity in all industries and is based on both a nationally representative sample size of roughly 900,000 responses each year and on the universe of all employer businesses in the United States on a dataset covering approximately five million businesses. The focus here is on business owners based on a location, survival rates of firms, and established small businesses — employer firms five years old and older and with fewer than fifty employees. As such, we examine both the business owners and the businesses they own.

Main Street entrepreneurship is an important aspect of the U.S. economy and society. Established small businesses make up almost 68 percent of all employer firms in the United States and are a source of local economic activity.

This report represents trends in Main Street entrepreneurship activity of the past two decades for all fifty states of the United States. Two separate reports look at these same trends in the forty largest metros in the country and at the national level. Some Main Street Entrepreneurship Index components, when available, also are reported by demographic groups.

Keywords: Kauffman index, startup, business, state, united states, regional, main street

Suggested Citation

Tareque, Inara and Morelix, Arnobio and Fairlie, Robert W. and Russell-Fritch, Joshua and Reedy, E. J., The Kauffman Index 2016: Main Street Entrepreneurship State Trends (November 1, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2872901 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2872901

Inara Tareque

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation ( email )

4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2046
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.kauffman.org

Arnobio Morelix (Contact Author)

Startup Genome ( email )

212 Clara Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
United States

Robert W. Fairlie

University of California, Santa Cruz - Department of Economics ( email )

Department of Economics
Engineering 2 Bldg.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
United States
831-459-3332 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://econ.ucsc.edu/~fairlie/

Joshua Russell-Fritch

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

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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