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The Impact Of Economic Crisis On Unemployment, Employment And SMEs Development In Serbia


  • Mirjana Radović-Marković

    () (Institute of Economic Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia)


The establishment of macroeconomic stability, the conducted reforms and the institutional changes in the past years resulted into the improvement in the business conditions in Serbia. Significant advances were made in 2008 as regards the formulation and implementation of the policy of development of SMEs, and in the implementation of the European chart on small enterprises. Despite the improvements achieved, the business environment in Serbia is still ranked as insufficiently stimulative for the development of SMEs. In 2009 ,Serbia ranked 93th out of 133 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Index of Business Competitiveness .This country ranks is lower than in any other country in the region. In this context, the importance of the state support to the development and stability of this sector is invaluable, especially because the entrepreneurship sector was most severely hit by the economic crisis in Serbia. In addition, the economic has also resulted into the fall in the employment rate and the rise in the unemployment trend, which will be especially analyzed in this paper.

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  • Mirjana Radović-Marković, 2010. "The Impact Of Economic Crisis On Unemployment, Employment And SMEs Development In Serbia," Annals of the University of Petrosani, Economics, University of Petrosani, Romania, vol. 10(2), pages 279-288.
  • Handle: RePEc:pet:annals:v:10:y:2010:i:2:p:279-288

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    Economic crisis; employment; unemployment; corruption; business environment; SME; Serbia;

    JEL classification:

    • M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General


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