The economy is off to a rocky start in 2016. Investors and analysts are unhappy. But while many analysts focus on jittery stock markets and bad news from overseas, there is a disheartening trend right before our eyes that almost no one is paying attention to: The high-growth, young companies that have traditionally driven job growth and innovation in our country are a dying breed. For the past several decades, business start-ups have steadily declined in America.
Have people become less ambitious? Less innovative? That's unlikely. A more probable explanation is that a steady accrual of rules and regulations for years has effectively eliminated a generation of entrepreneurs as the costs of running a new enterprise outweigh the benefits. The good news is that there is an antidote: increasing economic freedom.