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Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2015

Author: OECD
Date: August 2015

Entrepreneurship at a Glance presents key indicators on entrepreneurship. Until recently, most entrepreneurship research relied on ad hoc data compilations developed to support specific projects and virtually no official statistics on the subject existed. The collection of harmonised indicators presented in this publication is the result of the OECD-Eurostat Entrepreneurship Indicators Programme (EIP). The programme, started in 2006, was the first attempt to compile and publish international data on entrepreneurship from official government statistical sources. From the outset a key feature in the development of these indicators has been to minimise compilation costs for national statistical offices and also, critically, reporting burdens on business, which is why the programme focuses attention on exploiting existing sources of data instead of developing new business surveys.

Informing policy design through the development of policy-relevant indicators is at the core of
the EIP programme, and much attention is paid to responding to information needs. In particular, the global financial crisis highlighted the need for more timely information on the situation of small businesses. To that purpose, Entrepreneurship at a Glance henceforth features an opening section on recent trends in entrepreneurship, discussing new data on firm creations, bankruptcies and selfemployment. Also, the publication presents time series for the main indicators, to provide a temporal perspective and breakdowns by sector, to illustrate the diversity of patterns.

Geography: Global

Type of study: International organisation

Relevant for: GP all

Source: OECD (2015), Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2015, OECD Publishing

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