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How Government Helps and Harms Entrepreneurs
What role should the government play in fostering entrepreneurship and what can the United States learn from other countries?

Governments around the world are trying to figure out if and how they can help promote entrepreneurship, which is considered critical to global competitiveness. But in the United States, there's nothing more politically contentious than the role of government in the economy.

In this episode of America Abroad, we look at how government intervention helps and hurts entrepreneurs, and we examine what the US can learn from the success and failures of other countries.

While government-funded entrepreneurial programs garner a lot of political and media attention, they are often not the most effective in fostering entrepreneurship. Reporter David Barnett takes us to an "innovation hub" started with the help of the Obama Administration in Youngstown, Ohio. And we hear from Adam Hochberg on how similar programs have fared in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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Reporter Jennifer Strong examines whether the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) helps spur scientific and technological innovation in the United States.
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While the US is considered one of the top five places in the world to do business according to World Bank rankings, we look at why countries like Singapore and New Zealand have scored even higher. And Linda Gradstein reports on why Israel -- known as the "start-up nation" -- only ranks 38th.
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We look at how American bankruptcy law has helped entrepreneurs bounce back from failure. Meanwhile, a "business court" in Massachusetts is helping entrepreneurs cut through the red tape of government regulations.
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Featured Experts

Robert Litan
Robert Litan is Bloomberg Government’s Director of Research. He previously worked at the Kauffman Foundation as vice president for research and policy and at the Brookings Institution as a senior fellow and vice president of economic studies. He has authored or co-authored more than 25 books on economic policy
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Bruce Mann
Bruce Mann is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He has written about bankruptcy, insolvency, and imprisonment for debt in the American Revolutionary era.
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Stephen Adams
Stephen Adams is the President of the American Institute for Economic Research. He has served as deputy director at the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, which helps low-wage workers move from dead-end jobs. From 2005 to 2009, Steve was the New England Small Business Advocate for the U.S. Office of Advocacy.
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Paul Dacier
Paul Dacier is the president of the Boston Bar Association and Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the EMC Corporation, which specializes in data storage and cloud computing.
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David Kautter
David Kautter is the Managing Director of the Kogod Tax Center at American University and Executive in Residence in the Department of Accounting and Taxation. He joins Kogod following a career as a partner at Ernst & Young LLP, where he held a number of key technical and leadership roles spanning over three decades.
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Frederic Meunier
Frederic Meunier is part of the “Doing Business” team at the World Bank. He currently leads the Registering Property indicator and previously worked on the Starting a Business indicator. He is also in charge of the Entrepreneurship database - developed in association with the Kauffman Foundation.
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How Government Helps and Harms Entrepreneurs / Written and Edited by Martha Little / Produced by Rob Sachs, with additional production help from Flawn Williams / Reporting by Jennifer Strong, Adam Hochberg, David Barnett and Linda Gradstein / Photos by US Navy via Wikimedia Commons, White House, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Susan Walsh/AP, Andres Kudacki/AP

Host: Barbara Bogaev for Madeleine Brand/ Length: 51 minutes / Airdate: March, 2014

This show was made possible through the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation and Turkish Airlines.

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