Kauffman Firm Survey (KFS) Second Follow Up Methodology Report

Kauffman Firm Survey (KFS) Second Follow Up Methodology Report

Published: Oct 07, 2008
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
Associated Project

Kauffman Firm Survey

Time frame: 2004-2013

Prepared for:

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation


David DesRoches

Janice Ballou

Frank Potter

Zhanyun Zhao

Although entrepreneurship is crucial to a capitalist economy, little information is available about U.S. businesses in their first years of operation. As part of an effort to gather more data on new businesses in the United States, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation sponsored the Kauffman Firm Survey (KFS), a panel study of businesses founded in 2004 and tracked over their first years of operation. The Foundation contracted with Mathematica Policy Research (MPR) to conduct the KFS, which collects data about the nature of new business formation; characteristics of the strategy, offerings, and employment patterns; the nature of the financial and organizational arrangements of these businesses; and the characteristics of their founders. With the completion of the Second Follow-Up, the KFS has collected this information from the panel for three years, providing a unique look at business dynamics over this formative period.

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