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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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Sweden

Administrative conditions for Swedish start-ups and regulatory procedures are on par with OECD practices. Sweden has long placed regulatory simplification at the core of its reform agenda and further efforts are made through the consolidation of a business online portal (www.verksamt.se), capacity building for regulatory impact assessment and the digital simplification of communication between municipalities and firms. The pilot programme Serverat, which targets micro firms in the food industry with streamlined digital services, has also been extended to the hospitality industry. Since 2015, the central government has taken steps with municipalities in order to improve land-use planning and regulations and reverse the structural undersupply of housing that constraints labour mobility and business dynamism.

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