What's the single best idea to jumpstart job creation today?
It is easy to get cynical about job creation. There are, after all, many incoherent policy suggestions about dealing with the worst job market in the U.S. since the Depression. However, they range along a continuum between "do anything" and "do nothing", with brief forays into self-serving tax policy. It is wearying and nihilism-inducing.
Short of simply becoming cynical about the whole thing, what can be done? Surprisingly, quite a bit. Here are some ideas that haven't been tried, and have a high likelihood of making a real impact:
• Give every foreign graduate student in a U.S. science, technology,
engineering, or mathematics program a work visa. Better yet, give them
a green card. Foreign-born technologists are among the most
predictable creators of new companies, many of which go on to create
success here, hiring madly the whole time. Instead, we send them
• Make healthcare more portable and entrepreneur-friendly. One of the
things you hear most often from entrepreneurs outside their 20s (when
they're still immortal), is that healthcare worries prevent them from
striking out on their own. We need healthcare for entrepreneurs,
programs to make it easier for real people to go out and create
companies and hire people, without fear of bankruptcy if they become