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US entrepreneurship may be on the rebound

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Subject

Entrepreneurialism and dynamism in the US economy.

Significance

Entrepreneurship is a key feature of the US economy, and traditionally drives its innovation and growth. However, the Census Bureau's most recent report on business dynamics has shown a depressed state of entrepreneurship in the United States. New firm creation is down significantly compared to before the 2007-09 recession. Trends since the 1970s indicate that this may be a structural, rather than simply cyclical, issue.

Impacts

  • Rising voluntary job-quit rates may presage growth in new firm creation.
  • A slowing global economy may blunt the edge that large firms receive from their ties to overseas market.
  • An emphasis on customisation and service in manufacturing could permit easier entry for start-ups.
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