Kauffman Foundation News (12/14/11): Kauffman hottest content in 2011

Kauffman’s Hottest Research and Video Topics in 2011:

Startup Trends, Jobs and Growth Top the List

Kauffman’s most popular content this year discovered a “jobs leak,” illustrated entrepreneurs’ contributions and recommended policy reforms for growth

The most popular online content from the world’s largest foundation dedicated to entrepreneurial research focused on annual startup rates, legal reforms for economic growth and job creation trends. As a leading source of economic data for researchers, economists, academics and policymakers, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has compiled its most downloaded research reports, books and videos in 2011.

Some of the most in-demand content from the Kauffman Foundation this year includes:

The first in a series of animated video “sketchbooks” illustrates the three vital contributions entrepreneurs make to the economy: They birth innovations, create jobs and produce all net new wealth in society.

The groundbreaking volume Rules for Growth presents a compilation of policy reforms that could promote innovation and economic growth. The recommendations come from the nation’s leading legal scholars.

Starting Smaller and Staying Smaller uncovers a troubling trend — that new firms, the greatest source of new employment, are generating fewer jobs and growing slower than ever before — a slow “jobs leak” that pre-dates the recession of 2007 – 2009.

The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, the annual indicator of new business creation, reveals that while more new firms were started in 2010 than over the previous 15 years, the number of employer firms had declined.

The Startup Act offers a set of ideas for jump-starting the economy through new business growth and job creation. Recommendations include reforming immigration rules to keep job-creating immigrant entrepreneurs in America and tax reforms for early-stage startups. On Dec. 8, 2011, Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced a Startup Act bill that included many of the ideas in the Kauffman Foundation’s proposal.

A compilation of Kauffman research is available to view highlights of more Kauffman research looking at the critical role entrepreneurs play in the economy at…>> http://www.kauffman.org/researchandpolicy/research-roundup.aspx