SMEs as Job Engine of the Dutch Private Economy
Since the seminal research of Birch (1987), policy makers have been aware of the important role of small and medium sized enterprises in the creation of employment. Interest groups like MKB Nederland (the Dutch employer's organization for small and medium-sized organizations) often claim that small and medium-sized enterprises are the main source of employment growth for the Dutch economy. Exactly how important this role is, however, is still open for debate. Due to a lack of suitable data and agreement about the method to be used, the question to what extent Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) can be considered as a country's job engine still lacks a satisfactory answer.