Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Study: From 2009-2011 U.S. Businesses Collapsed Faster Than They Were Being Formed - a 1st in American History

From Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post:
The American economy is less entrepreneurial now than at any point in the last three decades. That's the conclusion of a new study out from the Brookings Institution, which looks at the rates of new business creation and destruction since 1978. 
Not only that, but during the most recent three years of the study -- 2009, 2010 and 2011 -- businesses were collapsing faster than they were being formed, a first. Overall, new businesses creation (measured as the share of all businesses less than one year old) declined by about half from 1978 to 2011. 
The authors don't mince words about the stakes here: If the decline persists, "it implies a continuation of slow growth for the indefinite future." This lack of economic dynamism, particularly the steep drop since 2006, may be one reason why our current recovery has felt like much less than a recovery. As Matt O'Brien noted on Wonkblog last week, annual job growth rates have stubbornly refused to budge above 2 percent for the duration of the recovery. ...

Ironically the worst states (Oregon, New Mexico, Wyoming, Alaska and Vermont) are not the states with the highest tax burden (New York, California and Illinois).  I suppose that folks in favor of bigger government and more taxation can use this as an argument that those states can go even further.