Business Demography – A Way To Measure Entrepreneurial Performance
Aleksandra Stawinska
Unit G-2: Structural Business Statistics, Eurostat, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Phenomenon of entrepreneurship attracts attention, but measuring entrepreneurship still remains a challenge. The aim of the joint OECD-Eurostat Entrepreneurship Indicators Programme (EIP), started in 2006, is to create a programme of policy-relevant entrepreneurship statistics and to make international comparisons within this area possible and meaningful.

Business Demography has been a successful data collection and has attracted much attention. Structural Indicators, monitoring the Lisbon Growth and Jobs Strategy, as well as the OECD-Eurostat Entrepreneurship Indicators Programme has emerged as major conceptual frameworks for the collection of business demography statistics. The EIP list of entrepreneurial performance indicators includes a number of measures provided by business demography.

Eurostat collects the data on firms' births, deaths, population of active enterprises and their survival during the first five years of activity. The data on related employment are also collected, as firms' impact on employment is an important area of interest. In addition, some data on high growth enterprises are gathered. The paper presents the data collections within the frame of business demography and their latest results.

Keywords: Statistical indicators; Entrepreneurship indicators; Business demography; Entrepreneurial performance

Biography: Ms. Aleksandra STAWINSKA is responsible at Eurostat for the business demography data collection as well as for development work undertaken within this area. In this function, she chairs the Business Demography Working Group – a group of experts established at European level. She is also a member of the OECD Steering Group for the Entrepreneurship Indicators Programme.

Previously, she worked at Eurostat on the dissemination of structural business statistics (SBS) and also published a few short sectoral analyses of that data.

Prior to joining Eurostat, she worked as a specialist in the Analyses Department of the Statistical Office in Lόdz (Poland), where she published analyses based, among other sources, on business register data.

Aleksandra holds a Master's degree in Informatics and Econometrics from the University of Lόdz.