Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development

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Entrepreneurship and innovation can help spur economic development and thus address critical issues and enhance value in important sectors by

  • generating new ways to serve people whose needs are not currently being met,
  • better addressing those needs that are being met, or
  • doing either or both at lower cost.

The RAND Environment, Energy, and Economic Development Program, in conjunction with the Kauffman-RAND Institute for Entrepreneurship Public Policy, examines the nexus of entrepreneurs, innovation and technology, and economic development.

A full list of JIE publications on entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic development is also available online.


Innovation and Emerging Technologies

  • Keeping Law Enforcement Connected via Information Technology

    Dec 5, 2012

    Interviews with an extensive sample group helped to define criminal justice technology priorities at the state and local levels, as well as the means by which these agencies commonly receive information on technology and the effectiveness of outreach efforts by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center.

  • Strategies for Building an Innovation System for China's Knowledge City

    Sep 20, 2012

    Knowledge City is a planned environmentally and technologically advanced city in China's Guangzhou Development District. RAND worked with GDD to outline a set of strategies to help the city attract and retain high-tech firms and workers and to ensure the availability of innovation-oriented financing.

  • Predictive Coding Could Reduce E-Discovery Costs, but More Guidance Is Needed on Data Preservation

    Apr 11, 2012

    Companies could lower the high cost of large-scale electronic discovery in lawsuits by using a computer application known as predictive coding to reduce the number of documents requiring human review.

  • Challenges to Value-Enhancing Innovation in Health Care Delivery

    Oct 6, 2011

    Controlling health care costs while improving health is the primary challenge facing U.S. health policymakers. The role of innovation in addressing this challenge is controversial, with many seeing innovation as a critical source of rising costs, and others seeing it as crucial to achieving increased quality of care.

  • Influences on the Adoption of Multifactor Authentication

    Apr 15, 2011

    Passwords are proving less and less capable of protecting computer systems from abuse. Multifactor authentication (MFA) — which combines something you know (e.g., a PIN), something you have (e.g., a token), and/or something you are (e.g., a fingerprint) — is increasingly being required. This report investigates why organizations choose to adopt or not adopt MFA — and where they choose to use it.

Economic Development