OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Working Papers

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2079-4797 (online)
DOI :
10.1787/20794797
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A series of working papers from the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme. The LEED Programme identifies, analyses and disseminates innovative ideas for local development, governance and the social economy. Governments work with the LEED Programme to generate innovative guidance on policies to support employment creation and economic development through locally based initiatives.
 

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Author(s):
Alessandra Proto1, Lucia Cusmano1, Neil MacCallum2, Ricardo Pinto3, Paolo Rosso4
Author Affiliations
  • 1: OECD, France

  • 2: Neil MacCallum Associates, United Kingdom

  • 3: Pinto Consulting GmbH, Germany

  • 4: Sign s.r.l., Italy

Publication Date
20 Dec 2012
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No:
2012/20
Pages
161
DOI
10.1787/5k8x6l0rxrs2-en

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Entrepreneurship and the development of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) are key drivers of economic growth and job creation. The OECD review series on Boosting Local Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation, of which this study is a part, examines the capacity of local economies to support successful new enterprise creation and the growth of small enterprises and make recommendations on how this capacity can be enhanced through local policies. The reviews entail an assessment of entrepreneurship and SME performance at the local level, the local framework conditions affecting this performance and the policies in place to back entrepreneurship and SME development. The reviews involve a comprehensive examination of conditions and policies including the key domains of skills, financing, business support infrastructure and innovation. In the case of Lombardy, the economically most powerful region of Italy, the review includes a specific assessment of local entrepreneurship policies against the framework of the European Union’s Small Business Act (SBA). The SBA prioritises the role of business-friendly regulations for the creation of new start-ups and the development of existing small enterprises. SMEs and their clusters constitute the backbone of Lombardy economical structure. In such a context and given the impact of the persisting current financial and economic downturn, supporting the development of innovative SME and their networks is a priority for addressing the recovery challenge.