To understand entrepreneurship more fully in the U.S. economy, it is critical to study the pathways people take towards business ownership. Thus, this survey considers the experiences not only of current entrepreneurs but also individuals in the process of starting a business, as well as those who are no longer business owners. EPOP is a particularly timely survey, given the many changes individuals and businesses have experienced from the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 5 years, the study is conducting a survey every year and will work to have 30,000 people complete the survey each year. Having this many people complete the survey allows for researchers and policymakers to get a more complete snapshot of the population. This snapshot includes how many people currently own or are planning to start their own businesses. The EPOP survey also asks about what supports or prevents people from engaging in entrepreneurship in the U.S.
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