The Kauffman Index of Startup Activity: National Trends 2016

48 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2016

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Robert W. Fairlie

University of California, Santa Cruz - Department of Economics

Arnobio Morelix

Startup Genome

Joshua Russell-Fritch

Independent

E. J. Reedy

University of Chicago - Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship

Date Written: December 9, 2016

Abstract

The Kauffman Index of Startup Activity is a comprehensive indicator of new business creation in the United States, integrating several high-quality sources of timely entrepreneurship information into one composite indicator of startup activity. The Index captures business activity in all industries and is based on both a nationally representative sample size of more than a half million observations each year and on the universe of all employer businesses in the United States — which covers approximately five million companies. This allows us to look at both entrepreneurs and the startups they create. This report presents trends in startup activity over the past two decades for the United States. Trends in startup activity also are reported at the national level for specific demographic groups for some of the Index components, when available.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, startups, business ownership, self-employment, small business

JEL Classification: L26

Suggested Citation

Fairlie, Robert W. and Morelix, Arnobio and Russell-Fritch, Joshua and Reedy, E. J., The Kauffman Index of Startup Activity: National Trends 2016 (December 9, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2883389 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2883389

Robert W. Fairlie (Contact Author)

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Arnobio Morelix

Startup Genome ( email )

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San Francisco, CA 94107
United States

Joshua Russell-Fritch

Independent ( email )

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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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