Overcoming Barriers to Entrepreneurship in the United States

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Diana Furchtgott-Roth
Lexington Books, 2008 - Business & Economics - 198 pages
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Overcoming Barriers to Entrepreneurship compiles academic discussions of real and perceived barriers to the founding and running of small businesses in America. Each chapter illustrates how policy and economic environment can hinder business owners, and suggests what can be done to help them. Starting with venture capital access in Silicon Valley during the Internet bubble, the book 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, Overcoming Barriers to Entrepreneurship argues 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.
 

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Contents

What Are the Barriers for Entrepreneurs?
1
Easier Access to Venture Capital in Silicon Valley Some Empirical Evidence
15
Do Household Savings Encourage Entrepreneurship? Household Wealthy Parental Wealthy and the Transition In and Out of Entrepreneurship
47
Federal Tax Policy and Small Business
69
Mexican Immigrants and the Entrepreneurship Gap
97
Improving Pension Coverage at Small Firms
123
Success Stories from the Telecom Industry How to Become an Entrepreneur
157
Bibliography
171
Index
185
About the Contributors
193
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Diana Furchtgott-Roth is senior fellow and director of the Center for Employment Policy at the Hudson Institute.

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