The International comparability of Business Start-up Rates Final Report [E-Book] / Steven Vale
Vale, Steven.
Paris : OECD Publishing, 2006
145 p. ; 21 x 29.7cm.
englisch
10.1787/118741888521
OECD Statistics Working Papers ; 2006/04
Economics
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Growing political and academic interest in entrepreneurship and business demography, and particularly the role and value of new businesses in national economies, is prompting various research projects on these topics. One of the main issues faced by researchers and policy makers is the current lack of international comparability of data on business start-up rates, which are often seen as key indicators of entrepreneurship and economic dynamism. This paper investigates this issue and concludes that current estimates are not typically comparable, for a number of reasons, which are presented in the form of a typology. On a more positive note however the paper notes that the basic data sources required to improve comparability exist and that significant progress can be made in this area in the short to medium term by encouraging the harmonisation of concepts.