Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index 2011

Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index 2011

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Zoltán J. Ács and László Szerb

The Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index both captures the context features of entrepreneurship and fills a gap in the measurement of development. Building on recent advances in entrepreneurship and economic development, the authors have created an index that offers a measure of the quality of the business formation process in 71 of the most important countries in the world.

Preface

Zoltán J. Ács and László Szerb

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, development studies, development economics, economics and finance, development economics, economics of entrepreneurship, regional economics, urban and regional studies, regional economics

Extract

Preface viii In 2000 I was looking to expand the then nascent Global Entrepreneurship Monitor project (GEM) to Hungary. It was here that I met László Szerb in Pécs, Hungary and we decided to launch the GEM Hungary project. I took a visiting position at the University of Pécs and spent several years developing the GEM project. Over the years the project expanded in several directions, including two research conferences and several papers. At a meeting in Romania the idea for the current project was formed. This project also benefited from my association, and founding of, the Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy unit at the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena, Germany. At about the same time I took a position at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University, Fairfax,VA with a strong interest in entrepreneurship, innovation and development. Finally, my association with Imperial College in London contributed to this project greatly. Several colleagues and graduate students at the above institutions contributed to the project. The Index was jointly developed at the University of Pécs and at George Mason University. An earlier, more technical version of the Index was published as The Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEINDEX).1 The purpose of the earlier publication was to position the Index in the global market place for measures of economic development. The current Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI) is both a shorter version and at the same time an expanded version listing results...