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Startup Business Characteristics and Dynamics: A Data Analysis of the Kauffman Firm Survey

A Working Paper by Ying Lowrey, Office of Advocacy, 2009. [59] pages.

Executive Summary

The purpose of this report is to contribute to a better understanding of American business startups and their dynamics. The American economy relies upon vigorous and pervasive business startups to inject new energy, acquire new knowledge and technologies, create new jobs, and provide new goods and services for its extended growth. Sustainable economic growth is key to our nation’s long-term prosperity. The report includes sample data analysis based on the Kauffman Firm Survey (KFS), a panel study created using a stratified random sample of all startups in 2004 from the Dun & Bradstreet database with follow-up surveys on these firms for 2005 and 2006. The results of this report are not meant to be extrapolated to the national startup population.

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For the full text of this report see attached file below.