“Can Governments Energize Entrepreneurs?”

Bob Eberhart, a Professor at Stanford's SPRIE and the Stanford Project on Japanese Entrepreneurship, gave an excellent presentation toa group of us this week. You can download his materials at:


Bob's analysis shows that the Japanese reforms of 2001-3 measurably increased the performance of new firms in Japan's economy: a) older and better educated menappear to be starting high-performing industrial technology firms; and b) women andyoungerworkers seem to be starting high-performing service firms. Bob stresses that entrepreneurship is not about technology, it is about getting business, and therefore government's role is to create demandfor products and particularly new technologies.

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