November 30, 2011
Washington, United States
The SME Initiative hosted its First Annual Conference on Entrepreneurship and SME Development on November 30, 2011. Co-hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund, this event brought together over 130 researchers, practitioners and policymakers focused on entrepreneurship and SMEs in emerging markets. Presentations on past and ongoing research studies covered a range of topics related to access to managerial human capital, access to finance, and job creation with evidence from a number of countries, including Ghana, India, Mexico, Peru and Sri Lanka. Practitioner perspectives on each of these topical areas were also presented, to facilitate a dialogue between the worlds of research and policy.  The event concluded with a panel discussion on “Why should we care about the ‘Missing Middle’?” 

Presenters included:

Nancy Lee (Inter-American Development Bank)
Antoinette Schoar (MIT Sloan School of Management)
Nick Bloom (Stanford University)
Dean Karlan (Yale University)
Philipp Schnabl (NYU Stern School of Business)
Antoinette Schoar (MIT Sloan School of Management)
David McKenzie (World Bank)
Chris Woodruff (University of Warwick)