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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.

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The case for regional business demography

This chapter provides the context and rationale for measuring business demography at the regional level. It explains why place is important to assess business dynamics and highlights the most important methodological and empirical challenges in building internationally comparable evidence on the dynamics of businesses and of its related employment across regions. Finally, it synthesises what the report offers and how it can be used by experts and policy makers.

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