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Shortchanging Small Business,

An analysis of more than 4,200 economic development incentive awards in fourteen states finds that large companies receive dominant shares: 70 percent of the deals and 90 percent of the dollars. The deals, worth more than $3.2 billion, were granted by programs that are facially accessible to both small and large companies. That is the […]

City, Metro, and Regional Entrepreneurship series

The Kauffman Foundation Research Series on City, Metro, and Regional Entrepreneurship consists of reports that explore the entrepreneurial ecosystems of medium-tier cities, as well as ways to measure and support entrepreneurial ecosystems. Reports in the series include:

Enabling Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Insights from Ecology to Inform Effective Entrepreneurship Policy

Inspired by research on the importance of entrepreneurship for sustained economic growth and improved well-being, many governments and non-governmental grant-making organizations have sought over the past decade to implement policies and programs intended to support entrepreneurs.  Over this interval, growing appreciation of the limits of strategies focused narrowly on financing or training entrepreneurs has prompted […]

Making Entrepreneurial Growth Vibrant Again

Kauffman Foundation Director of Research and Policy E.J. Reedy addresses members of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the role of entrepreneurship in creating economic opportunities for Americans. E.J. Reedy Director of Research and Policy Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Making Entrepreneurial Growth Vibrant Again July 28, 2015 Congressman Hoyer and other distinguished members of the […]

Sources of Economic Hope: Women's Entrepreneurship

In 1948, the gap in labor force participation between American men and women was 54 percentage points—only one-third of American women were officially counted as in the labor force. Nearly seven decades later, the gap has narrowed considerably as women have entered the labor force en masse, and as men have experienced steady declines. As […]

Examining the Connections within the Startup Ecosystem: A Case Study of St. Louis

The recent growth of the startup scene and entrepreneurial community in St. Louis is incredibly exciting. It means economic progress for the St. Louis region and more jobs available for St. Louis citizens. Many newly formed local assets, such as ITEN, T-Rex, and Arch Grants, are laying a foundation that will have impact for decades […]

Dane Stangler at the Roosevelt Institute

With support from the Kauffman Foundation, the Roosevelt Institute’s Next American Economy project identifies the trends and challenges that will shape our economy in the next twenty-five years to better inform the policy decisions we must make today. While politicians and scholars often are driven by short-term policy demands, the Next American Economy project takes […]