Program on America and the Global Economy

Small Business is Big Business in America

Over the past years, the Wilson Center's Program on America and the Global Economy has held a series of conferences, meetings, and briefings that have focused on different aspects of the small business economy.  In this report, Kent Hughes puts small business in the context of the American economy and the American innovation with a specific focus on federal initiatives, the sources of finance for small business, and the role of public-private partnerships in supporting small business.

Education in the Wake of Natural Disaster

Education in the Wake of Natural Disaster examines the successes and challenges of education reform in Haiti, before and after the earthquake that devastated the nation in 2010.  Using two examples of success in systems impacted by natural disasters: post-earthquake Chile and post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans; Paul Vallas and Tressa Pankovits explore how lessons learned could be adapted and emulated in a country like Haiti that is desperate for reform, with over 50 percent of its population under the age of 18.

Innovation World: Brazil, Korea, Russia And the Race for the Future

The United States has been an innovation leader since the end of World War II as it took to heart Vannevar Bush’s 1945 report Science: The Endless Frontier. As the world entered the 2000s, more and more countries have focused on improving and building their own innovation systems. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, recognizing this trend, asked the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute to survey the innovation systems of Brazil, South Korea, and Russia and provide insights on current and future innovation trends.

Public-Private Partnerships Powering Entrepreneurs and Innovators

Public-private partnerships are a key source of funding and support for small business, public infrastructure, and aspiring entrepreneurs.  The Honorable Jacques Gansler, head of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise at the University of Maryland delivered the keynote address followed by an expert panel that discussed how small businesses and public entities can partner together and assess the potential beneficial results of public private partnerships.  


Small Business is Big Business in America

Continuing with our focus on the critical importance of entrepreneurship to the American economy, on October 30, 2013, PAGE will host Jeanne Hulit, Acting Administrator of the SBA, to discuss public policies or private practices could increase the availability of small business financing in the future and innovative businesses that can drive future growth and prosperity.


Jeanne Hulit, Acting Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration


Book Discussion: Banker to the World

The Program on America and the Global Economy (PAGE)

Presents a Book Discussion:


Banker to the World: Past, Present, and Future


Thursday, September 26, 2013  

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

5th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center


William R. Rhodes, Author, President & CEO, William R. Rhodes Global Advisors, LLC

Fulbright NEXUS Regional Scholar Program

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the
U.S. Department of State cordially invites you to

New Connections for a Changing Climate


A Fulbright NEXUS Scholar Symposium

International Economic Policy Working Group Meeting

Friday, August 23, 2013 -
14:30 to 16:00
4th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Program on America and the Global Economy

Tuesday Group: Updating the White House Strategy for American Innovation (Invitation Only)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 -
08:15 to 09:30
4th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Program on America and the Global Economy