National Press Club

Big Is Beautiful: Debunking the Myth of Small Business

Big Is Beautiful: Debunking the Myth of Small Business

April 16, 2018 9:00 AM

Location: Holeman Lounge

It’s an assumption accepted almost universally in public discourse: Small businesses are the drivers of economic growth and job creation. But as Robert D. Atkinson and Michael Lind argue in their provocative new book Big Is Beautiful: Debunking the Myth of Small Business (The MIT Press, April 2018), the received wisdom is a myth that governments go out of their way to promote based on a confused mix of populist and free market ideology.

Atkinson and Lind examine the evidence and conclude that, on average, large firms have a superior track record on job creation, productivity, innovation, and virtually all other economic benefits—including such progressive priorities as diversity, wages, and environmental protection. The authors argue for shifting to a “size neutral” approach to economic development policy that encourages all companies to grow rather than enshrining the Jeffersonian anachronism that small businesses should operate in the heroic mold of yeoman producers.

This event, hosted by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, will feature a discussion with the authors moderated by Edward Luce, Washington commentator for the Financial Times. They will address the role and impact of large firms on the U.S. economy and society, and delve into the implications for policymakers.

Please register in advance at https://itif.org/events/register?event_id=7560

About the Authors

Dr. Robert D. Atkinson is founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, D.C. think tank, and coauthor of Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage.

Michael Lind, a visiting professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, was a co-founder of New America. His last book was Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States.

Advance Press

• “Is Big Business Really That Bad?” by Robert D. Atkinson and Michael Lind, The Atlantic, April 2018.
• “Progressives Should Think Twice Before Demonizing Big Business,” by Robert D. Atkinson, The Hill, November 12, 2017.
• “The Neo-Brandeisian Attack on Big Business,” by Robert D. Atkinson and Michael Lind, National Review, October 2, 2017.

Media Contact

Lindsay Bembenek: (202) 626-5744, lbembenek@itif.org

For More Information On This Event, Contact:

Peter Coetzee
202-449-1351
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