A couple of weeks ago I was in Paris for a great meeting at HEC on University Entrepreneurship organized by Thomas Astebro. That left me with time for a morning status meeting with Mariarosa Lunati who is currently heading up the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Entrepreneurship Indicators Project (EIP).
EIP is a program that Kauffman helped to launch more than five years ago but which has only in recent years started to produce statistics that are harmonized across countries on important topics such as the number of high-growth companies, gazelles, and business births/deaths.
The OECD continues to push to get more countries into the series. Through their partnership with Eurostat, the data collection and production of the harmonized statistics has become mandatory within the European Union meaning that within two years all members of the European Union that have the technical capability to produce the EIP statistics will do so annually.
While the U.K. might produce statistics this year, that will bring countries such as Germany into the fold. Many non-OECD countries are also now producing the statistics — namely Brazil —with Australia hopefully coming on line this year and Japan in 2012.
In November, EIP will produce two statistical briefs. One of the briefs is sure to be on timely indicators of entrepreneurship across countries while the other topic is still in discussion. These two pieces will be distributed widely and bring some focus to the topic of entrepreneurship before and during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
At that same time, the OECD expects to post on its website updated Excel files of country statistics gathered. A longer, more in-depth report will be released in the spring of 2011. In this report, the OECD also expects to discuss hot topics in entrepreneurship measurement including green entrepreneurship, women’s entrepreneurship, and migrant entrepreneurship.
By all indications the EIP is attempting to develop a core set of indicators which are on their way to becoming good time series, as well as to remain relevant in discussing topical issues that can contribute to other OECD programs or identified needs.
In this regard, I tip my hat to Mariarosa for the great work she is doing. It’s very exciting to see so many positive developments from this program. With the increasing number of years and countries available, I think the next few years should see much wider analysis of the data within the academic community.
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