© 2008

Public Policy in an Entrepreneurial Economy

Creating the Conditions for Business Growth

  • Zoltan J. Acs
  • Roger R. Stough

Part of the International Studies in Entrepreneurship book series (ISEN, volume 17)

About this book


In recent years there has been increased focus on understanding the dynamic relationships among entrepreneurship, policymaking, and economic growth. At the heart of research, debate, and practical application is the question: "Under what conditions can entrepreneurship flourish?" And the corollary: "To what degree does encouraging entrepreneurship result in economic growth?" A popular response is to argue for "entrepreneurship policy"—that is, targeted policies that are designed to promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and small business creation. To the editors and contributors of this volume, that approach is fundamentally flawed. They argue that there is no such thing as a discrete entrepreneurship policy; instead, there is only policymaking in the context of an entrepreneurial economy. In other words, all policies—from education and tax reform to securities regulation to immigration—should create an environment that is conducive to entrepreneurship. Presenting new research on such timely topics as health care policy, technology transfer, and intellectual property rights, they build a case for creating the conditions that will motivate entrepreneurs to launch and sustain new businesses. In the process, the book addresses policies operating at the individual, national, regional, and international levels, and offers a unique perspective on several institutional structures that enhance entrepreneurship and economic growth.


Economic Growth Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurship Intellectual Property Labor Markets New Venture Creation Technology Transfer business development economic policy growth innovation regional development regulation tax reform

Editors and affiliations

  • Zoltan J. Acs
    • 1
  • Roger R. Stough
    • 1
  1. 1.George Mason School of Public PolicyFairfaxUSA

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Finance, Business & Banking


From the reviews: “Acs and Stough’s collection of essays … adopts a narrower view and focuses on the relationships between entrepreneurship, economic growth and public policy. The central thesis that provides the recurring theme throughout the book posits that … policy-makers should focus on creating an environment that is conducive to entrepreneurship. … The collection also discusses the thesis from a variety of thematic angles. … it is worth reading for scholars and students interested in entrepreneurship, economic development and public policy.” (Teemu Kautonen and Ewald Kibler, International Small Business Journal, Vol. 28 (1), 2010)