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Slump in startups is slowing the economy — is big business to blame?

FILE – The office of Rhumbix, a construction technology startup in San Francisco, June 21, 2016. Some 414,000 new businesses were formed in 2015, a slight increase from the previous year but still well down from levels a decade ago, the Census Bureau reported on Sept. 20, 2017. Some analysts see the growing influence of large corporations as behind the trend. (Jason Henry/The New York Times)

New businesses are forming at a slower pace than before the recession. Some economists say the reason may be the rising power of the biggest corporations to swat away challengers — or else to swallow them before they become a serious threat.

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