A framework for future research and policy
This paper develops a framework connecting rising economic inequality and declining levels of innovation and economic dynamism in the United States. The result is a set of research questions designed to stimulate a conversation about how the innovation channel may be a key mechanism through which increasing levels of inequality are affecting the U.S. economy. Briefly, this paper finds that economic growth and inequality, innovation, and entrepreneurship are inexorably linked, but in very different ways when examined across the wealth and income spectrum rather than through the usual lens of overall small business creation and direct investments in technology and innovation.
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