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Articles by Scott Shane

What Joe Biden Should Have Said at the Democratic Convention Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Friday's jobs report shows that if the economy indeed turned the corner with President Obama in the driver’s seat, then the president has steered us off the ...
When High-Interest Payday Lending Pays Thursday, July 19, 2012
Lenders charge high interest rates for a reason.
Why Small Businesses Aren’t Using the Health Insurance Tax Credit Thursday, May 24, 2012
If you want small business owners to use a benefit, don’t make it more costly to get than it’s actually worth.
When Reducing Barriers Leads to More Failed Businesses Wednesday, May 9, 2012
While you get more business formation if you reduce the barriers to starting companies, you don’t necessarily get more successful entrepreneurship.
Why Aren’t Banks Lending to Small Business? Ask Bernanke. Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Banks profit by making loans, not refusing them. So why are banks making fewer loans to small business these days?
Getting Venture Capital Back on Track Friday, March 30, 2012
How a vital American industry just might make a comeback.
Equity Crowd Funding: A Good Idea Whose Time Is Now Thursday, March 22, 2012
Here’s a new tool for helping young companies raise money.
When the Color of Unemployment Is Green Monday, October 31, 2011
Environmental regulations can have many benefits. But they can also kill jobs. So what should be done today?
Karl Marx’s Long Shadow in Eastern Europe Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Communist political philosophy is still a powerful force in many former Soviet bloc countries.
Karl Marx’s Long Shadow in Eastern Europe Saturday, September 24, 2011
Communist political philosophy is still a powerful force in many former Soviet bloc countries.
Understanding Just How Harmful Obama’s Tax Hikes Would Be Thursday, August 25, 2011
The massive U.S. fiscal deficit has prompted the Obama administration to consider raising taxes on small business owners. Let us count the ways this is a ...
Scrap the Accredited Investor Rule Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The accredited investor requirement does little to protect unsophisticated investors and reduces entrepreneurs’ access to capital.
Are Federal Policies Toward Small Business Contracting Succeeding? Tuesday, March 22, 2011
If the goal is to help historically disadvantaged groups get a larger share of federal dollars, the answer is yes. But if the goal is to encourage federal ...
The Boehner Uncertainty Principle Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Physics has the Heisenberg uncertainty principle; economics now has the Boehner uncertainty principle.
Why Small Business Wants Repeal of ObamaCare Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The law is unpopular among small business owners because it is not making employee health insurance more affordable.
Small Business, Big Regulatory Burden Thursday, January 20, 2011
President Obama recently acknowledged the burden placed on enterprise. But does he know how large that burden is?
Small Businesses and Big Unintended Consequences Wednesday, January 12, 2011
No matter how benevolent, intelligent, and farsighted policy makers might be, they cannot anticipate how markets will react to laws and regulation.
Why Small Business Owners Trust the Tea Party Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Businessweek thinks Tea Party policies will harm small business. Think again.
Why Are There So Few Female Entrepreneurs? Thursday, October 14, 2010
There’s a politically correct explanation and a politically incorrect one. Only one of them is right.
Why Small Businesses Aren’t Hiring Tuesday, August 24, 2010
In the recoveries from the previous two recessions, small businesses led job creation. This time, however, small businesses aren’t hiring. Here’s why.
No Way to Help Small Business Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The need of many small businesses to raise money has led to several proposals to give small businesses more access to credit. Will they work?
When Less Is More for Investors Sunday, April 18, 2010
How the financial regulation bill under debate in the Senate would harm informal investors.
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Entrepreneurs Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Immigrant rates of self-employment vary widely across countries of origin.
The Genetics of Job Choice Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The aspects of work we prefer, our level of job satisfaction, our willingness to change jobs, and even our tendency to start our own businesses are all ...
From Start-up to Stop: The Recession and Entrepreneurship Friday, October 30, 2009
I’ve taken a look at the data, and, I’m sad to report, the Great Recession has badly damaged the entrepreneurial sector of the U.S. economy.
Will Small Businesses Stop Offering Health Insurance If Reform Passes? Friday, September 18, 2009
For the average business, paying a penalty will cost them less than providing insurance.
The Start-Ups We Don’t Need Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Are we encouraging the creation of too many low-productivity businesses?