Overcoming Barriers to Entrepreneurship in the United States

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-02-15
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
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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.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vii
List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
What Are the Barriers for Entrepreneurs?p. 1
Easier Access to Venture Capital in Silicon Valley: Some Empirical Evidencep. 15
Do Household Savings Encourage Entrepreneurship? Household Wealth, Parental Wealth, and the Transition In and Out of Entrepreneurshipp. 47
Federal Tax Policy and Small Businessp. 69
Mexican Immigrants and the Entrepreneurship Gapp. 97
Improving Pension Coverage at Small Firmsp. 123
Success Stories from the Telecom Industry: How to Become an Entrepreneurp. 157
Bibliographyp. 171
Indexp. 185
About the Contributorsp. 193
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