In this project, ZEW collects and analyses a set of indicators on start-up activities and firm dynamics (including firm closures) in Germany with a focus on knowledge-intensive sectors. The project serves the annual review on Germany’s performance in research and innovation which is prepared by the Expert Committee on Research and Innovation (EFI). Indicators include entry and exit rates, change in the stock of firms and the change in employment due to entries, exits and existing firms. Data for Germany are taken from the Mannheim Enterprise Panel of ZEW while international data come from the Business Demography Statistics of Eurostat. In 2013, a review of existing national and international statistics on firm dynamics will be prepared. The results will be used to further develop the system of indicators to monitor firm dynamics in knowledge-intensive sectors.

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