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A Proposed Framework For business Demography Statistics


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  • Nadim Ahmad


The creation of new businesses and the decline of unproductive ones are often regarded key to business dynamism in OECD economies. Understanding business behaviour, creative destruction and identifying successful and failing businesses, as well as fostering entrepreneurship and innovation, have become increasingly important objectives for policy makers in many OECD economies in recent years. However, despite its growing importance, the study of business dynamics, and entrepreneurship more generally, is hampered by the lack of truly internationally comparable indicators. That is not for a lack of data however, as many statistical institutions and private agencies produce statistics in this domain, but because they lack comparability, are of questionable quality, or are not able to tackle all of the policy questions related to these issues, they can often generate confusion, giving mixed messages to policy makers. The framework of business demography indicators presented in this paper is an attempt to fill this gap by providing a mechanism by which more comparable indicators of business demography can be produced across OECD countries in particular, considering both what is practically achievable and La création des nouvelles entreprises, et le déclin de celles qui ne sont pas productives sont souvent considerées comme étant primordiales pour le dynamisme de celles des pays de l'OCDE. Ces dernières années, comprendre le comportement des entreprises, les « destructions créatives », et identifier les affaires qui fonctionnent ou pas, ainsi que la promotion de l'entreprenariat et de l'innovation, sont devenus des objectifs de plus en plus importants pour les décideurs dans les economies de l'OCDE. Cependant, en dépit de son importance croissante, l'étude de la dynamique des entreprises, et de l'entreprenariat plus généralement, est gênée par le manque d'indicateurs internationaux réellement comparables. Néanmoins, cela ne vient pas d'un manque de données puisque beaucoup d'instituts ou d'agences privées produisent des statistiques en ce domaine, mais du fait qu'ils manquent de comparabilité, sont de qualité discutable, ou ne sont pas à même de répondre à toutes les questions politiques relatives, ce qui est source de confusion et de messages éronés auprès des décideurs. La structure des indicateurs de la démographie des entreprises présentée dans ce document va tenter de combler les vides en fournissant un mécanisme par lequel plus d'indictateurs comparables de la démographie des entreprises peuvent être produits, en particulier parmi les pays de l'OCDE, considérant ce qui réellement faisable et ce qui est souhaitable.

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Statistics Working Papers with number 2006/3.

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Date of creation: 24 Oct 2006
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Handle: RePEc:oec:stdaaa:2006/3-en

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