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The Enable Program in the European Entrepreneurship Policy Context


  • David B. Audretsch

    (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, and Indiana University)

  • Heike Grimm

    (University of Erfurt)


This article discusses the Lisbon Agenda from the perspective of entrepreneurship policy. After a brief overview of the events leading up to the development of the Lisbon Agenda, the authors describe the goals and content of this policy framework as well as of the Structural Funds. Using examples of initiatives toward implementation at the local level, the authors illustrate the necessity to promote entrepreneurship in order to foster economic growth in communities and regions. We assess how the new European growth policy became translated into an action plan realized through structural funds and community initiatives and demonstrate that a greater focus on entrepreneurship policy could strengthen the Lisbon Strategy and aid in the achievement of its goals.

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  • David B. Audretsch & Heike Grimm, 2008. "The Enable Program in the European Entrepreneurship Policy Context," Jena Economic Research Papers 2008-052, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
  • Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2008-052

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    Lisbon Agenda; Entrepreneurship Policy; Regional Development; Economic Development;

    JEL classification:

    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe
    • M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy

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