Title: Cluster Analysis on 2017 SMEs scoreboard: main evidence, strengths and weaknesses
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC109152
ISBN: 978-92-79-77050-0 (pdf)
ISSN: 1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 28929 EN
OP KJ-NA-28929-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC109152
DOI: 10.2760/106977
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), with the scientific support by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), assesses the Performance of Small and Medium Enterprises in Europe, depending on the performance in the ten principles of: (1) Entrepreneurship, (2) ‘Second chance’, (3) ‘Think small first’, (4) ‘Responsive administration’, (5) State aid & public procurement, (6) Access to finance, (7) Single market, (8) Skills and innovation, (9) Environment, and (10) Internationalisation. This JRC technical report adopts a consensus clustering methodology to group European countries in 3 Clusters, based on similar performance in these principles. It tests the robustness of the 2017 by exploring Cluster results across dimensions and using data from previous years (2012 and 2015) to see how the clusters’ structure changed over time. It uses Cluster analyses and its changes as an stepping stone to identify countries and indicators that can changed. It also identifies dimensions and indicators that experienced the highest changes. Both approaches identify similar dimensions. Finally, it explores the correlation of SBA dimensions with economic performance, namely value added and employment in SMEs. Although not strong nor significant relationships are found, countries from same cluster are normally closer to each other in the economic outcomes- SBA dimensions space.
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