Kauffman Firm Survey (KFS) Second Follow Up Methodology Report

Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
Oct 07, 2008
Authors
David DesRoches, Janice Ballou, Frank Potter, Betsy Santos, and 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.