A Solution to Vermont’s Declining Economy
Small, Dwindling, and Dead Last Vermont has pockets of prosperous haves in amongst fields of withering have-nots. Overall, though, the state’s economy has foundered for a long time. If you order America’s states on almost any economic measure,…
Welcome to the Economics of Growth, a collection of articles about economic, corporate, and personal growth written by Ed Egan.
Ed is an applied micro-economist conducting research in business economics, finance, and public policy. Much of his work leverages big data analytics and machine learning to understand important drivers of economic growth, including high-growth high-tech startups and markets for intellectual property.
Prior to academia, Ed was a serial fintech entrepreneur and worked for a cross-border venture capital fund focused on enterprise software.
Ed did his Ph.D. at the Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley, before being appointed the Innovation Policy Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He subsequently held faculty positions at Imperial College Business School and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he developed new entrepreneurship curricula.
From 2015 to 2018, Ed was a fellow of Rice University’s Baker Institute and the founding director of its McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. This site also provides an archive for more than 50 articles written by the McNair Center’s students and staff.
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McNair Center Articles
This section features some of the best articles written by students at the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Rice University’s Baker Institute. This site archives the full collection of McNair Center articles for future generations of entrepreneurship and innovation policy researchers.
Gateway to Entrepreneurship: St. Louis
You probably know St. Louis as the Gateway to the West, but the city is emerging as a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem. For decades, St. Louis followed the economic development model of attracting and keeping large out-of-town companies with generous tax breaks and subsidies. In the 1990’s, political and business leaders became frustrated with the slow…
The Right to Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship and human rights are not frequently mentioned in the same conversation in the United States. However, in international policy, human rights and entrepreneurship are linked by many common policy goals, including enforcing the rule of law, improving infrastructure and fighting corruption. Rights necessary to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors–like the right to participate in the economy, the rights to…
Small Business and Overtime Regulation
Clocking in: Small Business and Overtime Regulation What is the New Overtime Regulation? On December 1, 2016, the Labor Department will officially institute new regulations on overtime eligibility for workers. Announced on May 17, the new rules require business owners to pay salary workers earning up to $47,476 a year time-and-a-half overtime pay when they work more…
MassChallenge: Connecting Startups and Big Business
Corporations and startups are moving toward early stage interactions. MassChallenge, a highly successful nonprofit accelerator, has been connecting corporations and startups since its 2010 launch in Boston. MC has several US and international locations, which accelerated 372 startups in 2016. MC delivers positive results and has been listed among the Best Startup Accelerators by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, led by…
The Carried Interest Debate
In the 2016 election, carried interest and its taxation was a hot topic. Often explained as a “loophole” that allows the rich to exploit tax codes, carried interest is not a political issue that clearly fits within party lines. Lobbying by the financial sector occurs on both sides of the political aisle, and there are…