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Big Is Beautiful: Debunking the Myth of Small Business

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Why small business is not the basis of American prosperity, not the foundation of American democracy, and not the champion of job creation.

In this provocative book, Robert Atkinson and Michael Lind argue that small business is not, as is widely claimed, the basis of American prosperity. Small business is not responsible for most of the country's job creation and innovation
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 30th 2018 by MIT Press (first published 2018)
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Mehrsa
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really important and well researched. I agree with about 80% of it--especially when it debunks the myth of small businesses being more egalitarian and better for democracy. My own work has tried to dispel this myth over and over again. I blame Thomas Jefferson.

However, I don't think the authors take seriously enough some of the threat of monopoly and monopsony--namely that once companies get large and dominate a certain industry, they can choose customers and leave out certain peop
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Paul O'Leary
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The arrival of Big is Beautiful by Robert Atkinson & Michael Lind should be appreciated by all readers who enjoy thinking beyond old and outdated, yet still popular conventions. This new release from the MIT press serves as a long overdue rejoinder to the misplaced yet ever-present romanticism that in business Small is Beautiful. The obverse implied, that Big is Ugly, has held sway for well over a century and the “Big” desperately have needed their day in court for quite some time, as well as an ...more
Turgut
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From now on (2020), governments will go along with corporations instead of fighting them. As Britain learned 200 years ago, U.S. (government) has figured that trying to keep corporations home is futile, so government will assist in global expansions of corporations in this globalize game world.
Alex Berger
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was thought-provoking. It helped to change my mind and overcome some fears about “big” business. It shared great facts about how larger firms are often add more value to society than small firms. This value includes efficiency, higher wages, innovation, worker safety etc
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