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The Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index Methodology

30 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2011 Last revised: 14 Jun 2011

László Szerb

University of Pécs; Janus Pannonius University

Zoltan J. Acs

Schar School of Policy and Government

Date Written: June 4, 2011

Abstract

While composite indicators have becoming popular in many fields over the last two decades, the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI) is the first complex index focusing on the multidimensional quality rather than the quantity aspects of entrepreneurship. GEDI is similar to other indices having a complex structure consisting of variables (31), pillars (14), and sub-indices (3). However, the GEDI methodology differs from the others in two important respects: (1) it combines individual and institutional variables and (2) it considers the interdependencies of the system. For the interdependencies we developed a Penalty for Bottleneck (PFB ) methodology. The central tenet of the PFB is that the performance of the system depends on the weakest link. Higher scoring pillars cannot exhibit their full effect on the performance of the system because of the bottleneck. The uniqueness of this methodology is that the elements of the system are only partially substitutable with each other.

Keywords: Penalty for bottleneck, GEM, GEDI, entrepreneurship index

JEL Classification: L26, C38

Suggested Citation

Szerb, László and Acs, Zoltan J., The Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index Methodology (June 4, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1857985 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1857985

Laszlo Szerb (Contact Author)

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Janus Pannonius University ( email )

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Zoltan J. Acs

Schar School of Policy and Government ( email )

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United States
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