Office of Advocacy Participates in the Annual Meetings of the Southern Economic Association

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Office of Advocacy Participates in the Annual Meetings of the Southern Economic Association


Wilmoth, Daniel, Williams, Victoria, The Small Business Advocate


Some say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. People imitate what they see succeeding. Harvard economist Andrei Shleifer says that imitation is why the education of entrepreneurs drives economic growth.

Shleifer spoke at the 2016 annual meetings of the Southern Economic Association, held from Nov. 19-21 in Washington, D.C. He showed that the education of a population is a good predictor of how fast their economy will grow. He argued that the relationship between education and economic growth is driven primarily by the education of innovators like entrepreneurs. Education for a typical employee will improve the productivity of that employee. Education for entrepreneurs will improve the productivity of many employees as entrepreneurs find better ways to do things. Imitation of those innovations throughout the economy will then create significant economic growth.

Also presenting at the meetings was Office of Advocacy Research Economist Daniel Wilmoth. Wilmoth discussed methods for analyzing the impacts of potential regulations.

A dollar today is worth more than a dollar in one year, because a dollar that is invested today will yield more than a dollar in one year, Wilmoth explained. Payments that occur in the future must be discounted before comparing them to earlier payments. In the same way, regulatory impacts that occur in the future must be discounted before comparing them to earlier impacts. …

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