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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Norway has a mixed performance on indicators related to the institutional and regulatory framework, and diversification of the economy will require strong framework conditions for SMEs. Recent policy efforts to reduce red tape include the establishment of a “better regulations council”. Progress in specific areas has included lighter social security reporting requirements for employers, simplification in building and planning legislation and simplified tax rules for business partnerships. Since its establishment in 2003 the government portal for enterprise (Altinn) has been working to simplify administration using digital solutions. A project revamping the ICT of the labour and welfare administration (NAV) is underway.



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