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The Great Recession, entrepreneurship, and productivity performance


Abstract: In recent years, it is argued, the level of entrepreneurial activity in the United States has declined, causing concern because of its potential macroeconomic implications. In particular, it is feared that a lower rate of firm creation may be associated with lower productivity growth and, hence, lower economic growth in the coming years. This paper studies the issue, focusing on the dynamics of entrepreneurship and productivity around the time of the Great Recession. The author looks first at the recent evolution of alternative measures of entrepreneurship and of productivity, and then analyzes the relationship between the two concepts.

Keywords: productivity; firm creation; TFP; entrepreneurship;

JEL Classification: D24; L26; O47;

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Part of Series: Current Policy Perspectives

Publication Date: 2014-11-01

Number: 14-8

Pages: 32 pages