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Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Josh Lerner

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CHAPTER 7

HOW GOVERNMENTS GO WRONG: BAD IMPLEMENTATION

Even if a program to encourage entrepreneurship is well conceptualized, things can still go wrong once it is begun. The implementation of these programs requires many decisions. While decision making about programs may seem like an obscure, even arcane topic, it is incredibly important. As we’ll see from many examples in this chapter, program administrators can make seemingly reasonable decisions that turn out to be destructive.

This chapter will consider three of the most common errors in implementation. Ignoring the need for well-directed incentives, not evaluating what is happening with the program, and failing to allow beneficial internationalization are all mistakes that can be extremely ...

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