POVERTY ALLEVIATION through ENTREPRENEURSHIP in the UNITED STATES: A FRAMEWORK for POLICY and PRACTICE

Lutisha S. Vickerie, Kyle E. McCullers, Jeffrey A. Robinson

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Abstract

The traditional macroeconomic approach to poverty alleviation in neighborhoods and communities is to use housing development and job-creation programs to address the income and the opportunity gaps. Entrepreneurship is a much less used poverty alleviation strategy that, in our estimation, can have a significant effect in favorable policy environments. After a brief literature review, we highlight policy approaches that use entrepreneurship as a poverty alleviation strategy. We present several case studies from the United States as evidence of how public policy can empower an entrepreneurial ecosystem to support the self-employed and other low-income entrepreneurs. We conclude with a framework for how public policy can alleviate poverty through entrepreneurship that is generalizable in other contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2150014
JournalJournal of Developmental Entrepreneurship
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management

Keywords

  • Poverty alleviation
  • economic development
  • entrepreneurship
  • policy

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