Kauffman-RAND Institute for Entrepreneurship Public Policy
Studying the way legal and regulatory policymaking affect small businesses and entrepreneurship
With generous support from the Kauffman Foundation, the Kauffman-RAND Institute (KRI) has fostered the development of RAND's research capacity for understanding how entrepreneurship can address critical social problems and the role that public policy plays in fostering or impeding innovation through entrepreneurship. RAND research is addressing these issues and how they play out in several policy areas: health care, civil justice, energy and criminal justice. In addition, RAND research is focusing on two issues that cut across policy areas: the role of technology transfer and commercialization in innovation and the utilization of small businesses in U.S. government contracting.
Assistant Policy Analyst Marlon Graf's thesis evaluates two case studies in Los Angeles in order to help policymakers identify sources of innovation in the knowledge-based economy and how to best leverage them for regional economic growth.
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.
A combination of high deductible health plans (HDHPs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) holds promise for expanding health insurance for small firms. This report examines HSA take-up and shopping behavior from a 2008 survey of female small business owners.