OECD-EU Panorama of Entrepreneurial Activity in Europe publishes policy brief on Youth Entrepreneurship

As part of a three-year programme of co-operation between the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) and the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) the OECD has published a first policy brief on Youth Entrepreneurship.

The policy brief confirms that there are still 'a number of barriers affecting youth entrepreneurship in areas including skills, networks and financing'. While 'youth entrepreneurship is not a panacea for solving the youth unemployment', appropriately designed government programmes can have significant impacts on increasing the exit rate of young people from unemployment with reasonable results on value for public money. However, to successfully tap the full potential, the 'youth entrepreneurship policy landscape in Europe and other countries still needs to evolve in its coverage and comprehensiveness and the quality of the approaches used'.

The full version of the OECD-EU Policy Brief on Youth Entrepreneurship is available for download here:

OECD-EU Report

The OECD-EU Project on Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship in Europe focuses on how public policy can create jobs through self-employment and entrepreneurship and provide better access to the labour market for economically and socially disadvantaged groups. The two core activities include

  • The Panorama of Entrepreneurial Activity in Europe which collects and disseminates an evidence base on entrepreneurship and self-activities and policies in European Union (EU) Member States through annual reports and policy briefs;
  • Capacity Building on Entrepreneurship Policies which aims to facilitate mutual learning and build capacities of high-level policy makers in the design of good practice policies through a series of capacity building seminars.

For more information please visit the programme website.