OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook 2019

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The new OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook presents the latest trends in performance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and provides a comprehensive overview of business conditions and policy frameworks for SMEs and entrepreneurs.

This year’s edition provides comparative evidence on business dynamism, productivity growth, wage gaps and export trends by firm size across OECD countries and emerging economies. It explores the implications of digitalisation and globalisation for market conditions and SME access to strategic resources such as finance, skills, technology, data and other innovation assets. The report gives comparative analysis of regulatory frameworks and policies to enhance contributions by SMEs and entrepreneurs, and delivers a forward-looking perspective on the opportunities and challenges SMEs and entrepreneurs face in doing business and scaling up their activities. It also contains country profiles outlining the latest developments in national SME performance and business conditions, with expanded country profiles available on line.

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Germany offers a supportive regulatory framework with above-OECD median performance in reducing administrative burden on start-ups, simplifying procedures and strengthening insolvency regime. While further administrative simplification could help alleviate burden on new and existing firms, e-government remains less widespread in Germany than in other OECD countries. Steps were recently taken to establish nationwide uniform online services while expanding the scope of services. Legislation in late 2016 laid the framework for such upgrading of e-government services, including the Online Access Improvement Act that stipulates that the central and local governments must offer their administrative services online within five years and make them accessible via centralised administrative portals at the national or Länder level.



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