PDE-News (6/6/11): What a Difference a Statistic Makes

What a Difference a Statistic Can Make
Economic historians looking back at this period will be hard pressed to avoid commenting on the influence of at least one data point: from 1980-2005, firms less than five years old accounted for all net job growth in the United States. The notion that what policymakers should focus on is “young” firms not just “small” firms has awakened Democrats and Republicans alike and provided a new strategy for all Americans seeking to create jobs and restore what many Americans perceive as lost US economic competitiveness. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/June/What-a-Difference-a-Statistic-Can-Make.aspx

From the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship Blog
Rutgers Hosts Urban Entrepreneurship Summit
Rutgers University partnered with the White House in hosting the Urban Entrepreneurship Summit on its Newark, New Jersey campus today to focus on initiatives to boost job growth in America’s cities. The event featured celebrity entrepreneur and hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons, founder of Rush Communications along with a number of other notable speakers. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/June/Rutgers-Hosts-Urban-Entrepreneurship-Summit.aspx

Hold On There, Youngsters
A recent TechCrunch blog post by Adeo Ressi, the 39-year old founder of The Founder Institute, takes a poke at an earlier argument that entrepreneurs peak around the age of 25. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/June/Hold-On-There-Youngsters.aspx

Double-Dip, Anyone?
The new employment statistics are out from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and it doesn’t look any better than the previous months. Looking at the bottom line, unemployment remained “essentially unchanged” for the month of May at 9.1 percent (13.9 million people). Read more…>>http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/June/Double-Dip-Anyone.aspx

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Members of the House are back in their home districts for a Constituent Work Week. They will return to Washington next Monday, June 13. Meanwhile, the Senate is in session but there are not any relevant hearings currently scheduled for the week ahead. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/June/This-Week-in-Entrepreneurship-Policy-June-2.aspx

A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation — courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled over last week. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/June/A-Look-Back-at-Innovation-Daily-June0612.aspx