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Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2015

An OECD Scoreboard

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This fourth edition monitors SMEs’ and entrepreneurs’ access to finance in 34 countries over the period 2007-13, across an expanded array of indicators, including debt, equity, asset-based finance and framework conditions. These are complemented by an overview of recent developments in public and private initiatives to support SME finance, and a special focus on non-performing loans. The report aims to provide a comprehensive framework for policy makers and other stakeholders to evaluate the financing needs of SMEs.

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Non-performing loans: Insights from the scoreboard on SME finance

This chapter examines the issue of non-performing loans (NPLs) and their impact on SME lending and financial stability. It draws on findings from four editions of Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs: An OECD Scoreboard, the economic literature and country experiences. The chapter highlights the challenges in analysing NPLs, given the wide differences in definition and classification of these loans. It includes case studies provided by experts from countries participating in the OECD Scoreboard.

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