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Despite the profound impact of the banking sector collapse in 2008 on Iceland’s economy, the island nation ranks 13th in this year’s Global Innovation Index, 14th in the Ease of Doing Business rankings, and 23rd in the Index of Economic Freedom. There has been much debate and disagreement regarding the key steps that put this social-market economy on a path to successful recovery but no one denies the contribution of the more silent actors transforming the economy for the better—its entrepreneurs. I recently sat down in Reykjavik with President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson to learn about the entrepreneurs who are building what they call an “anti-fragile” entrepreneurship ecosystem.
State Rankings More Art Than Science
Over the years, the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship has featured an assortment of rankings that examine just about everything you can imagine to do with the economic well-being of all 50 U.S. states. Of course, most informed readers understand that different organizations lead to different points of emphasis, different methodologies and you guessed it—different results.
Welcome to Growthology
The Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship welcomes 'growthology' to its corner of entrepreneurship.org. Long run as a separate blog, growthology periodically discusses interesting research and its implication for entrepreneurs and policymakers. To help facilitate the introduction, we take a look at some of the authors' favorite posts from recent years.
Motivations & Outcomes Measurement of University Entrepreneurship Programs
A few weeks ago, the Kauffman Foundation released a report on university entrepreneurship education. Jared Konczal looks at a couple of points about the university’s motivation for supporting these kinds of curricula, programs, and events, and how it relates to measuring outcomes and implications for funders.
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
As the search continues for a possible second suspect in the Washington Navy Yard shootings, and the Senate cancelled its Monday session, Capitol Hill nervously looks to the week ahead. Things remain quiet on the topic of startups and entrepreneurship in Senate committees for the week ahead. On the House side, the Small Business Committee looks at "Private Sector Initiatives to Educate Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs" and others focus on intellectual property, regulatory flexibility and PPACA / "Obamacare." Meanwhile, the Joint Economic Committee hopes to shine a light on the "Economic Costs of Debt-Ceiling Brinkmanship."
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 last week.