The Geography of Firm Dynamics: Measuring Business Demography for Regional Development

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The Geography of Firm Dynamics provides methods and data to measure and analyse business demography across OECD regions. It first discusses the methodological challenges of measuring consistently the creation and destruction of businesses at the subnational scale and from an international perspective. Second, it presents a novel database that not only makes such comparison possible but also provides the basis for an analysis of the major trends in business dynamics across regions. The report identifies regional factors that are associated with entrepreneurship and also examines the impact of business creation on regional employment. The Geography of Firm Dynamics provides a tool for national and local policy makers to design strategies for healthier business environments that are tailored to the specific characteristics of each region, thereby boosting prosperity.



Executive summary

New businesses are not only vital for the creation of employment but also for the development of new ideas that simplify work and production processes and increase productivity. Consequently, business dynamics contribute to regional development and prosperity. Yet, the local reality across the OECD presents a picture of large regional disparities which needs to be understood. While some regions experience a high degree of business births and deaths, other regions only observe low levels of changes in their business population.


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