Praise for Where the Jobs Are
"As a former entrepreneur myself, and having witnessed firsthand as Commerce Secretary just how competitive the global economy has become, I can attest that Where the Jobs Are delivers a message that is both uniquely credible and critically important. Dearie and Geduldig traveled the nation, meeting and talking with hundreds of American entrepreneurs, to convey the unvarnished and vividly personal insights and observations of America′s job creators. It is a fascinating narrative about the ambitions, frustrations, and challenges that all entrepreneurs must face. The authors also outline a detailed agenda of specific policy proposals based on what the nation′s entrepreneurs say they need to succeed. Anyone interested in a thriving American economy that competes globally, grows, and creates jobs and wealth for American workers and families should read and absorb the messages, ideas, and policy proposals in Where the Jobs Are. Nothing less than our nation′s economic future is at stake."
DONALD L. EVANS, former United States Secretary of Commerce
"This book is a masterful achievement in labor economics. The first economists, with notable exceptions like Schumpeter and Baumol, never saw new firms as the cradle of the economy′s jobs. This book does the best job of correcting this incredible oversight by presenting powerful empirical data on why new firms are so critical to economic expansion and case studies of how misdirected policy holds back job creation. It is a very important contribution to the literature of economic growth, job creation, entrepreneurship, and public policy."
CARL J. SCHRAMM, former President and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Professor at Syracuse University, and the Ciocca Professor of Innovation at UC Davis
"Wake up, Washington! This book will grab your lapels, look you in the eye, and shout, ′Start–ups are responsible for all net job growth in America. It′s that simple.′ Using an innovative mix of hard data and myriad interviews of real job creators, Dearie and Geduldig demonstrate this fact and define a compelling policy framework to grow our nation′s employment and economy. They must be heard."
CHARLES M. VEST, President Emeritus of MIT and of the National Academy of Engineering
Preface Rob Nichols xiii
Chapter 1 America′s Jobs Emergency 1
Chapter 2 Not Just Small Businesses . . . New 15
Chapter 3 On the Road with America′s Job Creators 23
Chapter 4 "Not Enough People with the Skills We Need" 31
Chapter 5 "Our Immigration Policies Are Insane" 53
Chapter 6 "Not All Good Ideas Get Funded Anymore" 73
Chapter 7 "Regulations Are Killing Us" 107
Chapter 8 "Tax Payments Can Be the Difference between Survival and Failure" 119
Chapter 9 "There′s Too Much Uncertainty and It′s Washington′s Fault" 131
Afterword Senator Jerry Moran (R–KS) Senator Mark Warner (D–VA) 183
Appendix Summary of Recommendations 187
About the Authors 235