Overcoming Barriers to Entrepreneurship in the United States
Recorded on May 2, 2008
In Overcoming Barriers to Entrepreneurship, Diana
Furchtgott-Roth compiles academic discussions of real and perceived
barriers to the founding and running of small businesses in
America. She and her colleagues illustrate how policy and economic
environment can hinder business owners and suggest what can be done
to help them.
Starting with venture capital access in Silicon Valley during
the Internet bubble, Overcoming Barriers to
Entrepreneurship goes on to question the link between personal
wealth and entrepreneurship, to investigate how federal tax rates
effect small-business creation and destruction, to explain the low
rate of self-employment among Mexican immigrants, and to suggest
how pension coverage can be increased in small businesses.
Concluding with an attempt to qualify what makes an entrepreneur,
the contributors argue that policymakers need not create incentives
for entrepreneurs to create new businesses, though there is a great
deal they can do to encourage entrepreneurs by removing legal and
economic roadblocks to business creation.
Now that Congress is once again considering raising taxes and
increasing regulation, the publication of this book could not come
at a better time.
Diana Furchtgott-Roth is Senior Fellow and
Director of the Center for Employment Policy at the Hudson