This dataset features data on births and deaths of enterprises, their life expectancy and the important role they play in economic growth and productivity. Data are broken down by International Standard of Industrial Classification (ISIC Revision 4) and, in some cases, by employment size-class.

The OECD's Business Demography database contains information on variables such as birth rates (business entries), death rates (business exits) survival rates, or High-Growth enterprises rate for most OECD countries. Indicators are broken down by industry using the International Standard of Industrial Classification (ISIC Revision 3) and, for some of them, by employment size-class. 'Employer' indicators (i.e. covering only businesses with at least one employee) are found to be more relevant in the context of international comparisons than the indicators covering all enterprises which are sensitive to the coverage of business registers and it is expected that progressively more and more data will be provided on the 'employer' definition basis. Data are presented on annual datapoints and are available from 1981 onwards

This dataset features data for a number of key variables on industry including value added, turnover, operating surplus, employment, and the number of business units broken down by 4-digit International Standard of Industrial Classification (ISIC Revision 4) industry groups, including the service sector, and by employment size class.

This dataset provides quarterly data on the number of enterprise entries, enterprise exits and the number of bankruptcies. This indicator is disaggregated by:

  • Grand total and Total (corporations only).

Since new and young firms contribute critically to job creation, innovation and growth, observing recent trends of firm formation provides valuable information to policy makers.