September, 2007

A Guaranteed Success?

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Encouraging lending to small business is one of the primary purposes of the Small Business Administration (SBA). In order to accomplish this purpose, the SBA will guarantee $28 billion in loans in FY2008 alone, promising repayment of up to 85 percent if the borrower defaults. Taxpayers on the hook for a total of $83 billion in guaranteed loans might ask whether the SBA should be in the business of guaranteeing loans. The evidence says it should not.