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Small Business Costs and Employment Across Countries

Mark Marich on August 13, 2009 Source: Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship

A newly released paper by John Schmitt and Nathan Lane from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) argues that, contrary to popular perceptions, the United States has a much smaller small-business sector (as a share of total employment) than other industrialized countries.

 The authors of this report, An International Comparison of Small Business Employment, observe that the undersized U.S. small business sector is consistent with the view that high health care costs discourage small business formation. They point to the fact that start-ups in other OECD countries can tap into government-funded health care systems.

 

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