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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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.

The Economic Case for Welcoming Immigrant Entrepreneurs

09/08/15   Learn how strategies for how a “startup visa” would allow immigrants to start businesses in the United States after satisfying certain funding, employment, and other requirements.

Women Entrepreneurs are Key to Accelerating Growth

07/20/15   Our new Entrepreneurship Policy Digest explores barriers to women entrepreneurs and offers five policy recommendations to address the gender gap.

How Entrepreneurs Access Capital and Get Funded

06/02/15   An array of policies aim to support entrepreneurs through grants and tax breaks that make capital more easily attainable. However, entrepreneurs most often turn to two forms of private external financing: debt and equity.

How Intellectual Property Can Help or Hinder Innovation

04/07/15   Although intellectual property protections can increase productivity and firm valuations, they also can be inefficient and hinder innovation if they are too weak or too strong.

Demographic Trends Will Shape the Future of Entrepreneurship

02/25/15   Changing demographic trends are altering the American economic landscape in ways that will affect the economy for years to come. The aging of Boomers and the emergence of Millennials are two of the biggest demographic developments in America today.

How to Cook Up a Vibrant Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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

Immigrant Entrepreneurs: A Path to U.S. Economic Growth

01/22/15   This Entrepreneurship Policy Digest looks at policy ideas at the federal, state and local levels for how to capture the economic benefits and growth that come from entrepreneurial immigrants.