The past year has brought a number of developments on the entrepreneurship research and policy front. Below are just a few of the highlights.
Beyond PDE itself enjoying a new home and facelift, 2014 also brought a new series of Entrepreneurship Policy Digests intended to summarize research findings and policy recommendations on a variety of relevant topics like startup visas and immigration reform, the importance of young firms, payroll tax holidays, local entrepreneurship promotion, and more.
The 2014 Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity showed that as the national economy continued to rebound and employment levels climbed, the rate of entrepreneurial activity declined in the previous year prompting questions from Congress as to why.
In fact, there was a broadened and growing demand on behalf of policymakers throughout for more data and better analysis around what entrepreneurship promotion efforts – both policies and programs – are the most effective. From Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill to Governors and Mayors offices throughout the country—not to mention outside the U.S. from New Zealand to Nova Scotia interest abounded. While many would argue that there is still a general deficiency on this front, several new efforts started to gain traction this year.
Startup Nations, a group of entrepreneurship policy advisors modeled after Startup America, has expanded to 34 countries—searching for smarter ways their governments can help new firms start, scale, create jobs and fuel economic growth.
2014 also saw the first formal meeting of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN), an effort to align research funded by the Kauffman Foundation, the World Bank, Endeavor Insight, NESTA in the UK and many more. GERN members took many of their cues from Startup Nations policy advisors eager to point out where there is a paucity of data or analysis needed for sound public policymaking usually around whether certain government domestic policy experiments are failing or succeeding. GERN established a new global platform for discussing data-driven approaches to policy to support nascent entrepreneurs and early-stage startups and most importantly, what evidence is missing and how private sector research funders could collect and analyze data in an effort to facilitate more evidence-based policymaking in the field.
As the successes of 2014 shift to the promise of 2015, we thank you for following the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship and offer below the 15 most popular posts of 2014. We will be back on January 5, 2015.
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