This book was originally published in 1999. At this time, the US ecomy had recently restructured itself, moving away from an industrial ecomy towards one based on information, while the European Union and Japan were left to worry about rising government deficits, inflexible businesses, persistent unemployment, and workers inadequately trained for the information age. Why did the US ecomy move beyond its chief competitors? This collection suggests that at least some of the answers to the pattern of divergent development can be found in the role of the entrepreneur. By examining the process that entrepreneurs play in the ecomy, the essays in this volume make a fundamental contribution to our understanding of the macroecomy. Each chapter clarifies the role of entrepreneur in ecomic theory, the function of small and medium-size enterprises that they found and build and the impact of the invations introduced on employment, productivity, and ecomic growth.