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United States Entrepreneurial Assessment, 2004 (ICPSR 4688)

Principal Investigator(s): Reynolds, Paul D., Florida International University


This Entrepreneurial Assessment project is a study of the prevalence of entrepreneurship in the United States. One of the major purposes of this study was to explore the value of creating an index of entrepreneurial activity to complement existing measures that track the status of all national economies. It is designed to provide an overview of the extent of activity, the types of individuals who get involved, the nature of the businesses that are created, and the major sources of differences in entrepreneurial activity: personal, regional, or temporal. It is the direct measurement of citizen participation in the creation of new firms. Respondents were asked for their opinions and experiences in creating new businesses, firms' ownership and type, expectation for the new firm, and personal investment. Other items addressed the firms' products, markets and customers, financial situations, management and organizational structures, and locations. These topics were assessed for the individual company both in terms of initial status and current status. Background information includes respondent's age, gender, marital status, race, household income, occupation, employment status, education, household composition, place to use the Internet.

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Study Description


Reynolds, Paul D. UNITED STATES ENTREPRENEURIAL ASSESSMENT, 2004. ICPSR04688-v1. Miami, FL: Paul Reynolds, Florida International University [producer], 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-06-27. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04688.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04688.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    business ownership, businesses, entrepreneurs, market economy, national economy, startup companies

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2004-09-10--2004-12-20

Date of Collection:   

  • 2004-09-10--2004-12-20

Universe:    Adult aged 18 and over living in private households in the 48 contiguous United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Opinion Research Corporation, Inc. was responsible for collecting the data. (2) Some data information discrepancies between the dataset and the "Variable Listing and Frequencies" section in the codebook have been corrected. The "ICPSR Frequencies" section in the codebook has the correct data information. (3) Diana Hechavarria served as a Special Collaborator on this project, working to compile and produce the codebook.


Sample:    Stratified sample by the nine United States Census divisions.

Weight:    Please review the "Weighting Information" section located in the codebook for this study.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)


Original ICPSR Release:   2007-06-27



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