Barriers to entrepreneurship

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Barriers to entrepreneurship

0-6 from least to most restrictive

United Kingdom2.

Regional data

No regional data available


  •  20/10/2015

The “barriers to entrepreneurship” indicator is part of the OECD Indicators of Product Market Regulation (PMR) and measures regulations affecting entrepreneurship. The index, on a scale of zero to six (lower values mean lower barriers), is composed of barriers to competition (e.g. legal barriers, antitrust exemptions, barriers in network sectors and in retail and professional services); regulatory and administrative opacity (e.g. licenses, permits, simplicity of procedures); and administrative burdens for creating new firms.

The database measure the economy-wide regulatory and market environments in 34 OECD countries and in another 22 non-OECD countries in 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013; they are consistent across time and countries.

For further details see Koske, I. et al. (2015), “The 2013 update of the OECD's database on product market regulation: Policy insights for OECD and non-OECD countries”, OECD Economics Department Working Papers, No. 1200, OECD Publishing.

Other languages

  • Obstacles à l'entrepreneuriat
  • Belemmeringen voor het ondernemerschap

Source: OECD, Product Market regulation database.