There has been a mega-dump of useful and interesting economic data resources over the past few weeks. Here’s a few that are worth a look and a bookmark for future use:
- OECD’s 2017 Entrepreneurship At a Glance: This annual report from the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development offers a deep dive into what’s happening with start-ups and small businesses across the 35 OECD member economies. This year’s edition includes new data on the gig economy and also takes a look at the state of women’s entrepreneurship as well.
- New CDFI Data: The Urban Institute is involved in a major project assessing the impact of US Community Development Financial Institutions. It has released a new fact sheet on CDFIs that has some interesting data. The data show some impressive results and impact from CDFIs. Overall, they show that CDFIs lent more than $34 billion between 2011 and 2015. But, they also show that CDFIs remain limited in geographic scope as 27% of all US counties have seen zero CDFI activity during this time period.
- Distressed Communities Index: The Economic Innovation Group’s Distressed Communities Index is rightly getting a lot of media attention. The most depressing headline? 52.3 million Americans—17% of our population—live in distressed communities.
- US Census Business Dynamics Statistics: The US Census Bureau has just released the latest edition (2015 data) of its business dynamics statistics. The latest figures are sobering. There is a lot of good news, as the number of startups is rising and their job impacts are also growing. But, the growth rates remain low and below historical averages.