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Big is beautiful : debunking the myth of small business

Author: Robert D Atkinson; Michael Lind
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Why small business is not the basis of American prosperity, not the foundation of American democracy, and not the champion of job creation. In this provocative book, Robert Atkinson and Michael Lind argue that small business is not, as is widely claimed, the basis of American prosperity. Small business is not responsible for most of the country's job creation and innovation. American democracy does not depend on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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(OCoLC)1002291344
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert D Atkinson; Michael Lind
ISBN: 9780262345668 0262345668 9780262345675 0262345676
OCLC Number: 1030612919
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Contents: Intro; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; I History and Present Trends; 1 Belittled: How Small Became Beautiful; 2 Why Business Got Big: A Brief History; How Business Got Big; Machinery and the Growth of Big Business; Innovation Cycles and Firm Size; 3 Understanding US Firm Size and Dynamics; Trends in Firm and Establishment Size; Shrinking Manufacturers; Nonmanufacturing Firms Getting Bigger; Why Have New Firm Startup Rates Fallen?; Why Did Startups Decline?; What Kinds of Firms Are Starting?; Technological Cycles and High-Growth Startups; II The Advantages of Size. 4 The Bigger the Better: The Economics of Firm SizeEconomic Factors; Social Factors; 5 Small Business Job Creation: Myth Versus Reality; The Origin of the Small Business Job Creation Myth; Why Small Business Is Not the Main Source of Jobs; The Startup Jobs Myth; Most Small Firms Are Dependent on Big Firms; 6 The Myth of the Genius in the Garage: Big Innovation; From the Alto to the Apple Macintosh; Firm Size and Innovation; The Rise and Fall of the Corporate Research Lab; The Decline and Fall of the Corporate Research Lab; A New Age of the Individual Entrepreneur? 7 Small Business in a Big WorldFirm Size around the World; Around the World Small Firms Are Less Productive; Explaining Firm Size Differences between Nations; Policies to Keep Businesses Small; III Politics and Policy; 8 A Republic, If You Can Keep It: Big Business and Democracy; The Roots of Producer Republicanism; The Market Fundamentalist Tradition; 9 The Strange Career of Antitrust; Small Producer Protectionism; Reformers and the Trusts; From World War I to the New Deal: The Triumph of Associationalism; Wright Patman and the Chain Store Wars; Antimonopoly and the South. 10 Brandeis Is Back: The Fall and Rise of the Antimonopoly TraditionThurman Arnold and Antitrust Policy; Antitrust and the Economists after 1945; Brandeis Is Back; 11 Has Big Business Gotten Too Big?; Historical Trends in Concentration; The Case for Concentration; 12 Small Business Cronyism: Policies Favoring Small Business; The History of Small Business Favoritism; The Extent of Small Business Policy Favoritism; Justifications for Small Business Cronyism; A Policy Agenda for Size Neutrality; 13 Living with Giants; Can We Ever Really Like Big Business?; A National Developmentalist Agenda.
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