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Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2012

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This second issue of Entrepreneurship at a Glance, a product of the OECD-Eurostat Entrepreneurship Indicators Programme, presents an original collection of indicators for measuring the state of entrepreneurship, along with explanations of the policy context and interpretation of the data. New to this issue are special chapters addressing measurement issues on women entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance, as well as selected indicators on women entrepreneurship.

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Recent Trends in New Firm Creations and Bankruptcies

Start-ups are an important source of job creation in OECD economies. Monitoring them provides an important, timely, indicator of entrepreneurialism in an economy, particularly when coupled with other information, for example, the state of the overall labour market or measures introduced by governments to stimulate self-employment. It is important to note, when interpreting the data, that push factors (i.e. high structural unemployment) and pull factors (e.g. increased opportunities) can both play a role in high start-up rates.

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