The Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship informs and connects thought leaders looking to understand policies that help entrepreneurs start companies, create jobs and strengthen the economy.

Haltiwanger’s ‘Startup Deficit’

The work of John Haltiwanger, an economics professor at the University of Maryland, in deepening our understanding of the causes of job creation, job destruction and economic performance serves as one of the best examples of how to elevate the quality of research informing a new class of policymakers drilling down on entrepreneurship as a driver of jobs and innovation. Read More >

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Continuing Resolution Needed to Avoid Shutdown

With the possibility of a government shutdown on Thursday, Congress will be focused on passing a continuing resolution this week – with the Senate scheduled to take a procedural vote Monday afternoon. You can also expect to hear a lot about Republicans jockeying for position to replace House Speaker John Boehner who announced late last week that he will be stepping aside at the end of October.Read More >

The Pope and Entrepreneurial Capitalism

“In order to continue providing employment, it is imperative to promote an economy which favors productive diversity and business creativity.” Those are the words of Pope Francis, who arrived in Washington, DC last week.Read More >

Examining the Entrepreneurial Landscape in Indianapolis

While Silicon Valley gets the lions' share of the media attention when it comes to breeding grounds for promising startups, more data is coming to light on promising trends in new firm formation and growth from other parts of the U.S. One of those places is Indianapolis and a new paper from the Kauffman Foundation explores the the city's entrepreneurial landscape -- and some of the challenges it faces. Read More >

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Briefing on Economic Competitiveness

This Thursday, Pope Francis is making an appearance on Capitol Hill – the first papal address to a joint session of Congress. While the speculation of late has been about the pontiff’s planned remarks focusing on climate control, his stance on immigration reform – should he raise it – would be the topic with the most impact on the entrepreneurial economy.Read More >

Insights from Canada

Traveling to Ontario for the Waterloo Innovation Summit last Friday, PDE's Jonathan Ortmans checks in with entrepreneurs and policymakers in Canada to see how they are faring. From grassroots communities to policy prescriptions, snapshots of the country's entrepreneurship landscape show healthy signs. Read More >

Entrepreneurship Seen as Strongest Aspect of US Economy

A new survey of Harvard Business School alumni pointed to entrepreneurship as the strongest element of the national economy -- and that it is still improving. Entrepreneurship was joined by capital markets, universities and innovation as significant strengths in the U.S. Read More >

Finding Balance in Patent Protection

Congress is back at work and two pieces of pending legislation stand to alter the 200-year old U.S. patent system, the Innovation Act (H.R. 9) and the Patent Act (S. 1137). Lawmakers have to walk a fine line but a little common sense should help.Read More >

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Dodd-Frank and Modernizing the ECPA

Members of Congress returned to Washington from August recess last week and are getting back into the swing of things. While committee hearings on Planned Parenthood and Iran will get the headlines, there are a few hearings of interest to followers of the entrepreneurial economy – including a couple on the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act at five years. Read More >

Indexes: Challenges and Opportunities for Policymakers and Researchers

During the past 20 years, when seeking to understand a complex phenomenon such as entrepreneurship, indexes that synthesize multiple sets of indicators have become a popular tool for policymakers trying to make informed decisions. The work now begins for researchers in standardizing methodologies and policymakers in applying their conclusions. Read More >