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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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Editorial – Unleashing the Potential of SMEs and Entrepreneurs: A renewed policy and measurement agenda

As we experience a series of significant changes in our economies and societies, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are important actors in the transition: they provide the main source of employment, constitute the industrial fabric of many regions and cities, contribute to the identity of local communities in both urban and rural areas, and are essential elements in domestic and global value chains. With the right conditions in place, SMEs and entrepreneurs can play a role in fostering income equality and ensuring that the benefits from technological change and globalisation are more broadly shared.

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