Global Entrepreneurship Index

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Enterprise is a crucial engine of economic growth. Without enterprise and entrepreneurs, there would be little innovation, little productivity growth, and few new jobs.

Entrepreneurial success does not take place in a vacuum. Entrepreneurs exist in the context of their particular geography – be that their local, national, or even supranational economy and society.

This mix of attitudes, resources, and infrastructure is known as the entrepreneurship ‘ecosystem’. The Global Entrepreneurship Index is an annual index that measures the health of the entrepreneurship ecosystems in each of 137 countries. It then ranks the performance of these against each other. This provides a picture of how each country performs in both the domestic and international context.

The GEDI methodology collects data on the entrepreneurial attitudes, abilities and aspirations of the local population and then weights these against the prevailing social and economic ‘infrastructure’ – this includes aspects such as broadband connectivity and the transport links to external markets. This process creates 14 ‘pillars’ which GEDI uses to measure the health of the regional ecosystem.

2017 Global Entrepreneurship Index rankings

RankCountryPer capita GDP Internationa $ (WB)GEI Score
1United States5267683.4
2Switzerland5493378
3Canada4210475.6
4Sweden4553375.5
5Denmark4400574.1
6Iceland4248773.5
7Australia4214972.5
8United Kingdom3745171.3
9Ireland4201271
10Netherlands4624167.8
11Finland3850966.9
12Germany4456564.9
13France3794864.1
14Austria4357463.5
15Belgium4141263
16Taiwan4071660.7
17Israel3109259.1
18Chile2130258.8
19United Arab Emirates6460458.8
20Luxembourg6340458.1
21Qatar12873458
22Norway6545755.9
23Estonia2597755.5
24Singapore5626452.2
25Japan3565351.7
26Slovenia2811051.5
27Korea3389150.5
28Lithuania2457849.6
29Portugal2581747.2
30Saudi Arabia5389047.2
31Poland2316546.6
32Hong Kong5395946.4
33Spain3162045.3
34Bahrain4242844.7
35Slovakia2562944.1
36Turkey1865143.7
37Oman3523643.6
38Latvia2185843
39Kuwait42.5
40Czech Republic2638742.2
41Puerto Rico3306640.6
42Tunisia1106940.5
43Cyprus2863338.5
44Colombia1233337.3
45Romania1871937.1
46Italy3332637
47Hungary2268436.3
48China1255936.3
49Greece2471134.6
50Uruguay1927934.6
51Barbados1560534.5
52Botswana1528634.4
53Brunei Darussalam33.9
54Malaysia2364433.4
55South Africa1212532.6
56Jordan1136731.7
57Azerbaijan1643331.1
58Costa Rica1394131
59Croatia1935930.8
60Namibia935030.7
61Montenegro1473930.2
62Kazakhstan2108930.1
63Lebanon1677728.8
64Macedonia1196628.7
65Thailand1418527.1
66Ukraine817826.9
67Peru1094226.8
68Panama2003426.2
69India537225.8
70Morocco695825.7
71Mexico1583825.7
72Russia2245225.4
73Algeria1325724.7
74Trinidad & Tobago3014724.6
75Gabon1677624.6
76Philippines805724.1
77Georgia865824
78Dominican Republic1203824
79Serbia1219023.1
80Albania1002123
81Egypt980722.7
82Bulgaria1602222.7
83Argentina1839122.2
84Armenia804222.1
85Iran1518122.1
86Ghana372422
87Vietnam509222
88Swaziland660721.8
89Moldova524221.3
90Indonesia972521.2
91Ecuador1067821.1
92Kyrgyz Republic304421
93Jamaica876221
94Sri Lanka1008620.9
95Tajikistan135020.7
96Zambia404720.5
97Bolivia601220.4
98Brazil1485820.1
99Bosnia and Herzegovina981019.9
100Nigeria544319.9
101El Salvador763619.8
102Senegal219819.7
103Rwanda155619.6
104Libya1530519.2
105Lao PDR482418.7
106Honduras437818.2
107Kenya280418.2
108Guatemala691317.9
109Ethiopia142717.8
110Suriname1583617.5
111Paraguay808616.7
112Côte d’Ivoire337216.6
113Belize837916.6
114Cambodia292416.5
115Gambia, The168416.1
116Cameroon281016
117Guyana652615.9
118Tanzania239515.8
119Mali144215.6
120Myanmar515615.6
121Liberia69115.6
122Pakistan484815.2
123Mozambique106315.1
124Madagascar133514.3
125Angola778014.1
126Uganda164113.2
127Benin192413
128Venezuela1708613
129Nicaragua457212.7
130Malawi75312.5
131Guinea108312.1
132Burkina Faso153011.9
133Bangladesh317911.8
134Mauritania314611.6
135Sierra Leone156311.4
136Burundi73511.4
137Chad24898.8
Here is a volume packed with important information on entrepreneurship and management subjects critical for the growth of the world’s economies. Its authors are clear leaders in knowledge about entrepreneurship and its key role in the economy. They provide extensive, relevant, and highly illuminating data on a profusion of countries, organized so as to facilitate their use by others. Those who operate in the international arena will be particularly grateful for this work.
William Baumol
William Baumol
New York University