10/28/2021

How Dodd-Frank Stole The Recovery By Killing Small-Business Growth

Possibly the biggest reason for the Obama administration’s failure to reignite normal economic growth following the Financial Crisis was the Dodd-Frank law. It not only didn’t make the financial system safer, it all but killed small business growth.

A new study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the quasi-private think tank that serves as the referee for deciding U.S. upturns and downturns, shows the damage done by Dodd-Frank to small businesses was severe.

The study, “The Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on Small Business,” by economists Michael D. Bordo and John V. Duca, goes a long way toward explaining why GDP growth under Obama was a mere 2%, a full third slower than the long-term average.

It’s based on a long-term and well-known dynamic. Small businesses grow faster than large ones, and account for over two-thirds of all U.S. jobs growth. Dodd-Frank’s damage was substantial and persistent.

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