Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2018

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Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2018 contributes to filling the knowledge gap in SME finance trends and conditions. This annual publication provides information on debt, equity, asset-based finance, and conditions for SME and entrepreneurship finance, complemented by an overview of recent policy measures to support access to finance. By providing a solid evidence base, the report supports governments in their actions to foster SME access to finance and encourages a culture of policy evaluation.

The 2018 report covers 43 countries world-wide. In addition to the core indicators on SME financing, it provides additional information on recent developments in capital market finance for SMEs, crowdfunding and related activities, and findings of demand-side surveys. It contains a thematic chapter on the evaluation of publicly supported credit guarantee schemes.

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Statistical resources on SME and entrepreneurship finance

Information on SME financing is often sparse and anecdotal in nature, hindering evidence-based policy making in this area. Moreover, difference in methodologies and definitions of available data on this issue vary significantly across countries, limiting the usefulness and reliability of international comparisons. The OECD can serve as a clearinghouse for national and multilateral efforts to improve the knowledge base on SME finance, by fostering international dialogue on this issue, and collecting and diffusing information on statistical resources. The list below represents a first step in this direction, providing links to relevant sources of information on SME and entrepreneurship finance, both for participating countries and at the international level.


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