This week, we've been reporting onthe sharing economy— a term that describes the couch-surfing, car-sharing and community-garden-growing world where so many people are using their existing talents, space or tools.
Part of a series about small businesses in America
When it comes to job creation, politicians talk about small businesses as the engines of the U.S. economy. It's been a familiar refrain among politicians from both major parties for years.
But it obscures the economic reality. It makes a nice slogan, but it's not really accurate to say that small businesses produce most of the nation's new jobs, says John Haltiwanger, an economics professor at the University of Maryland.