Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship—creating emerging sectors and new businesses to foster economic development—is a vital driver of the global economy. RAND research on U.S. entrepreneurship explores how public policy affects start-up businesses, from the impact of the Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002 to the problems posed by the U.S. employer-based health care system; worldwide, RAND research has focused on international trade and entrepreneurship in developing countries.

  • News Release

    News Release

    Preparing Now Can Help Small Businesses Revive More Quickly as the Economy Reopens, Business Owners Tell RAND

    As small businesses reopen after a lengthy pandemic shutdown, one key challenge will be finding working capital to replenish inventories and pay employees until revenue returns to normal.

    May 27, 2020

  • A man poses with a head-mounted augmented-reality display and armband sensors, Tokyo, Japan, March 18, 2017

    Commentary

    Disneyland's Next Rival? The Theme Park in Your Living Room

    Cheap and capable technologies available to everyone allow entrepreneurs and gamers to compete with the large multinational firms that develop and deliver entertainment. In 2018 we will see the arrival of micro amusement parks with technology-based rides.

    Jan 10, 2018

  • Youth foodies Ojangole Max Igune and Regina Nantege create a recipe at the October 2017 Superfoods cook-off in Kampala, Uganda

    Commentary

    How Uganda Could Benefit from a Center for Food Innovation

    A training and innovation center that trains and certifies street food vendors to address issues related to food hygiene, safety, and quality would accelerate the growth of a new Ugandan cuisine that capitalizes on nutritious local ingredients in a sustainable manner.

    May 23, 2017

  • Kampala street food vendor Monica Kayagi makes a recipe during the Superfoods Cook-Off in December 2016

    Commentary

    What Street Food Vendors in Uganda Need to Succeed

    Street vendors in Kampala, Uganda, would benefit from infrastructure development, food safety standards, rules of hygiene, and greater focus on healthy products. The city's growing population also would benefit from increased access to nutritious and affordable foods.

    May 16, 2017

  • Illustration of people thinking and organizing their thoughts

    Commentary

    Book Review: 'Bourgeois Equality'

    In Bourgeois Equality, economist and historian Deirdre McCloskey advances the theory that ideas — not capital, institutions, innovation, R&D, tax policy, monetary policy, or regulatory policy — are the propelling force behind economic and societal growth.

    Sep 30, 2016

  • Satellite image of the United States at night

    Essay

    How Smart Grids Can Change the Way We Live

    A modernized, “smart” grid could change how much you pay for electricity, where it comes from, and how likely you are to lose it in a summer storm. But has the reality of the smart grid kept pace with the promise?

    Apr 27, 2015

  • Luncheon with donors Lynda and Stewart Resnick

    Announcement

    Pardee RAND Graduate School Receives $1 Million Gift, Establishes Lynda and Stewart Resnick Endowed Scholarship

    A $1 million gift from philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick will help Ph.D. candidates at the Pardee RAND Graduate School receive exceptional training today to embark on careers in public service.

    Oct 22, 2014

  • World Bank staff share their definitions of "A Good Job"

    Commentary

    Solutions for Youth Employment: New Coalition Takes on Pervasive, Persistent Global Problem

    Youth unemployment is a pervasive and persistent worldwide scourge: 75 million youth are unemployed now and that rate is expected to rise. RAND joined the World Bank, Accenture, International Youth Foundation, and others to form Solutions for Youth Employment, a unique coalition that acts to increase youth opportunities for productive employment.

    Oct 17, 2014

  • Top row: Howard Shatz and Jeffrey Hiday; Bottom row: Sarah Weilant, Krishna Kumar, and Peter Glick

    Announcement

    RAND Joins Coalition to Tackle Youth Unemployment

    The RAND Corporation has joined the World Bank and other corporate and civil society leaders to establish Solutions for Youth Employment, a global coalition that acts to address the pervasive challenges of youth employment.

    Oct 9, 2014

  • Pardee RAND doctoral candidates Nelly Mejia and Crystal Huang with RAND senior economist Peter Glick

    Announcement

    RAND Joins Coalition to Tackle Youth Unemployment

    The RAND Corporation has joined the World Bank and other corporate and civil society leaders to establish Solutions for Youth Employment, a global coalition that acts to address the pervasive challenges of youth employment.

    Oct 9, 2014

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Capitalism Still Works: Our Economy Will Recover Because We Are Innovators and Entrepreneurs

    The damage done by the financial crisis now seems to require not a refurbishing job but an extreme makeover. While soul-searching and even self-loathing are inevitable during a crisis, this is no time for America to shy away from a capitalist system that has produced decades of economic growth, writes Krishna Kumar.

    Sep 17, 2009

  • News Release

    News Release

    RAND Study Examines the Effect of Policy on Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses

    An improved understanding of the effects of regulation on small businesses will help lawmakers develop policy designed to advance entrepreneurship.

    Dec 11, 2007

  • News Release

    News Release

    RAND Study Assesses Whether Women-Owned Small Businesses Are Underrepresented in Federal Contracting

    April 27, 2007 news release: RAND Study Assesses Whether Women-Owned Small Businesses Are Underrepresented in Federal Contracting.

    Apr 27, 2007

  • News Release

    News Release

    RAND Study Shows Sarbanes-Oxley Act Had Short-Lived Effect on Small Businesses

    May 8, 2006 News Release: RAND Study Shows Sarbanes-Oxley Act Had Short-Lived Effect on Small Businesses.

    May 8, 2006

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    China Shows Advantages of Accessible Economy

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Sep 27, 2004

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    Daniel Basco

    Adjunct Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.Phil in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.S. in social policy, Northwestern University

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    Nahom M. Beyene

    Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in rehabilitation sciences, University of Pittsburgh; MSEng in biomechanical engineering, Stanford University; B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Texas at Austin

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    Nihar Chhatiawala

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in physics and entrepreneurship, Case Western Reserve University; B.S.E. in engineering physics, Case Western Reserve University

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    Kathryn Connor

    Adjunct Policy Researcher
    Education M.P.P., University of Chicago; B.A. in economics, Baylor University

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    Hamad Al Ibrahim

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.D., Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland; EMBA in innovation and entrepreneurship, HEC Paris

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