Research

Our research is contributing to a more in-depth understanding of what drives innovation and economic growth in an entrepreneurial world, and best practices for improving academic achievement in Greater Kansas City.

With the goal of creating new knowledge about entrepreneurship, Kauffman conducts and supports research that informs our own education programs and that educates policymakers and the public about pro-entrepreneurship policies at all levels of government.

For research related to improving academic achievement, Kauffman focuses on Kansas City-area education issues and the development of a longitudinal database of student data from preschool through postsecondary.

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Examining the Connections within the Startup Ecosystem: A Case Study of St. Louis

09/10/14 The recent growth of the startup scene and entrepreneurial community in St. Louis is incredibly exciting.

Insights on the Next American Economy

08/07/14 The Roosevelt Institute's Next American Economy project identifies the trends and challenges that will shape our economy in the next twenty-five years to better inform the policy decisions we must make today.

Primer for Building an Effective Board for Growing Startup Companies

05/29/14 Having lived through two successful exit strategies in the last four years, served on a few startup boards, and mentored numerous budding entrepreneurs, I have concluded that putting together a board of directors for new companies that are beyond proof of concept often is not a top priority, but it really should be.

A New Market Access Path for Repurposed Drugs

05/14/14 Repurposed drugs present the promise of enabling patients’ access to much-needed therapies sooner and at a lower cost.

AgTech: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Growth

04/24/14 The information technology revolution has prompted flights of fancy among some observers who seem to think we have transcended the physical bounds of economic activity.

Evaluating Firm-Specific Location Incentives: An Application to the Kansas PEAK Program

04/17/14 The use of financial incentives to attract and retain companies has become one of the most common economic development strategies of U.S. states and municipalities.

Think Locally, Act Locally: Building a Robust Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

04/16/14 This report analyzes behavioral patterns of entrepreneurs who participate in 1 Million Cups (1MC) Kansas City, a Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation program designed to engage, educate, and connect entrepreneurs.

The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity: 1996-2013

04/09/14 The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity is a leading indicator of new business creation in the United States.

Lessons for U.S. Metro Areas: Characteristics and Clustering of High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs

03/25/14 An open and culturally diverse environment helps promote high-tech entrepreneurship among both immigrants and the U.S.-born, according to a new research report released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Missouri Charter Schools and Teacher Pension Plans:How Well Do Existing Pension Plans Serve Charter and Urban Teachers

02/24/14 For decades, education has been a political football. From differing opinions over funding levels and diversity, to arguments over what to teach and how to teach it, education debates are often proxies for ideological disputes.

In Search of a Second Act: The Challenges and Advantages of Senior Entrepreneurship

02/12/14 Kauffman Foundation Vice President of Research and Policy, Dane Stangler, provided testimony to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging & the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on how policymakers can foster senior entrepreneurship.

Declining Business Dynamism in the U.S. High-Technology Sector

02/11/14 This white paper shows sustained declines in business dynamism across a wide swath of the U.S. economy, including the high-tech sector that has been critical for sparking economic growth in recent decades.

Beyond Metropolitan Startup Rates: Regional Factors Associated with Startup Growth

01/28/14  A Kauffman Foundation report released highlights the impact of education on rates of business startups and growth in metropolitan areas.

Who Started New Businesses in 2013

01/22/14 Although the United States' economic upturn remains modest, two indicators from the second annual Kauffman Foundation/LegalZoom survey of entrepreneurs suggest greater confidence in 2013.

2013 Kauffman LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index

01/01/14 Buoyed by belief in an improving economy, the nation’s newest business owners’ confidence leapt in the fourth-quarter 2013 Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index.