Scholar: Mary Quiroga
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Mehmet Tosun
Research Topic: How Entrepreneurship Affects Inequality in Nevada and Neighboring States
Abstract: Increasingly, Americans are concerned with the rising levels of economic inequality in the United States. During the Great Recession of 2008, many Americans lost their homes and jobs. As the US economy crawled out of the Great Recession, corporations were bailed out by the government and retained their profits while everyday people continued to struggle financially. Many economists agree that entrepreneurship ought to lead to growth. However as Americans have witnessed recently, not all growth is equitable. The purpose of this study is to find how growth from entrepreneurship affects communities. Specifically, it seeks to determine if that economic growth positively impacts the community as a whole or if it only impacts few. The study will find if economic growth from entrepreneurship is equitable or not. The study will use the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, Gini coefficients, and GDP data to compare levels of entrepreneurship, growth, and inequality in the state of Nevada and neighboring states. One possible result is that the study may find a negative relationship between entrepreneurship and inequality in those states. This would mean that as entrepreneurship increases, inequality decreases. The implication of that result would be that entrepreneurship does benefit communities and thus ought to be encouraged.
New Scholar: 2016 cohort
Graduating with a Baccalaureate Degree: 2017