Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2011

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Entrepreneurship at a Glance is a new, recurrent publication that presents an original collection of indicators for measuring the state of entrepreneurship along with explanations of the policy context and interpretation of the data. This publication also includes special chapters that address measurement issues, and solutions, concerning entrepreneurship and its determinants. In this first issue the special topics covered are: business demography, green entrepreneurs and angel capital.

This new publication is a product of the OECD-Eurostat Entrepreneurship Indicators Programme, which is a long-term programme of internationally-comparable policy-relevant entrepreneurship statistics. The work involves developing standard definitions and concepts and engaging countries and international Agencies in the collection of data. An international group of statisticians and analysts provides guidance to the Programme that benefits from sponsorship by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in the United States.

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Measuring Green Entrepreneurship

In the aftermath of the global financial and economic crisis, the central role of entrepreneurship in boosting the economic activity has been emphasized in many countries. Governments have often allocated important shares of recovery packages to helping entrepreneurs, either in the form of loan guarantees, tax incentives, research credit designed to boost innovation, or systems to encourage self-employment. Yet, instead of being neutral in their industry targets, stimulus plans have often given priority to environmentally-friendly investment such as projects for improving energy efficiency, or enhancing sustainable transport. These priorities are not new. In almost all cases, they have been part of longer-term commitments towards environmental protection, support for smaller enterprises, and innovation. Within this difficult economic context, many countries have increased public expenditure to revive growth, while also taking the opportunity to orientate national economies towards long-term sustainability and “green growth”. According to the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP, 2009) South Korea invested in 2009 79% of its total economic stimulus package in “green activities” representing almost 7% of its GDP, followed by China and Australia with 34% and 21% of their stimulus packages going to “green investments”, corresponding to 5.2% and 0.9% of their respective GDP. In this context, the study of green entrepreneurship went from being simply “fashionable” to being essential for policy guidance.

English Also available in: French

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