SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Brazil 2020

This publication presents the findings of the OECD review of SME and entrepreneurship policy in Brazil. SMEs play an important role for economic growth and social inclusion in Brazil, accounting for 62% of total employment and 50% of national value added. However, productivity gaps between SMEs and large companies are wider in Brazil than in the OECD area, which is also the result of low innovation and export propensity among Brazilian SMEs. Business ownership and business creation are common, but growth-oriented entrepreneurship is much less widespread. Brazil’s SME policy is enshrined in the 1988 Federal Constitution, which grants to micro and small enterprises a preferential treatment in different policy areas (e.g. tax and labour law). Brazilian SME policies are, therefore, mostly aimed at this constituency, whereas mid-sized firms are largely missing in the national policy debate. Simples Nacional, a preferential tax and regulatory regime, is the main federal SME policy, but Brazil also operates a large number of targeted programmes for SMEs. This report provides policy recommendations to enhance Brazil’s SME and entrepreneurship performance, covering, among others, innovation policy, export support, access to finance, and women’s entrepreneurship.

Published on April 27, 2020

In series:OECD Studies on SMEs and Entrepreneurshipview more titles


Abbreviations and acronyms
Basic statistics of Brazil
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
SME performance and entrepreneurial dynamics in Brazil
The business environment for SMEs and entrepreneurship in Brazil
The governance of SME and entrepreneurship policy in Brazil
Federal programmes for SMEs and entrepreneurship in Brazil
SME export policies in Brazil
The innovative start-up ecosystem in Brazil
The local dimension of SME and entrepreneurship policy in Brazil
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