Entrepreneurship Policy Digest

As a leading funder of economic research through the lens of entrepreneurship and education, the Kauffman Foundation compiles summaries of findings around relevant policy issues that will inform and educate lawmakers.

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Including People of Color in the Promise of Entrepreneurship

12/05/16   Continued disparity in entrepreneurship among people of color requires understanding of the unique challenges they face and for private and public sectors to broaden entrepreneurial opportunity.

Main Street Entrepreneurs are Economic and Community Pillars

11/21/16   This Policy Digest examines how Main Street entrepreneurs tend to have deep roots in their communities and encounter distinct policy challenges.

What the Changing Nature of Work Means for Entrepreneurship

10/10/16   The traditional employer-employee work relationship is changing, brought on in part by the business model of young, innovative firms. This Policy Digest explores the impact of the platform economy on entrepreneurship and provides policy recommendations.

A Fair Fight: Entrepreneurship and Competition Policy

07/08/16   A dearth of firm activity and shortsighted policy choices have weakened true competition, hurting entrepreneurs and weakening our nation’s economic potential. This Entrepreneurship Policy Digest outlines three areas where restoring competition would benefit entrepreneurs.

The Economic Impact of High-Growth Startups

10/10/16   High-growth firms are a rare phenomenon in entrepreneurship that have a big impact on the economy. This Entrepreneurship Policy Digest offers insights on how to create fertile ground for growth.

Can Social Insurance Unlock Entrepreneurial Opportunities?

07/08/16   A new Entrepreneurship Policy Digest examines if a more robust safety net to protect against risk would encourage more people to start companies.

How to Cook Up a Vibrant Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

11/04/15   Local policymakers are increasingly turning to entrepreneurship—a proven driver of economic growth and a catalyst of upward economic mobility.

Occupational Licensing: A Barrier to Entrepreneurship

09/16/15   About 29 percent of jobs require a government-issued license—a dramatic increase from just forty years ago when only 10 percent of workers were licensed. These licensure requirements result in fewer practitioners, who can demand higher wages, while also stifling new business creation and innovation.

The Importance of Young Firms for Economic Growth

09/13/15   When it comes to job-creating power, it is not the size of the business that matters as much as it is the age.

The Dos and Don'ts of Local Entrepreneurship Promotion

09/10/15   Research suggests that policymakers seeking to promote entrepreneurship in their city or state turn from past strategies and embrace a new approach that puts entrepreneurs at the center.