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The Way Forward for SME Growth and Job Creation

November 2016: In this Policy Research Talk, Miriam Bruhn, Senior Economist at the World Bank, compared approaches to promote SMEs in three areas where research is providing new insight: regulatory reform, access to finance, and business practices.


Policy Research Report

May 2016: Transparency and citizen political engagement are on the rise, and together hold the potential to make politics work for rather than against economic development.

Global Financial Development Report 2015|2016: Long-Term Finance

September 2015: A shortage of long-term finance since the 2008 global crisis has been choking the growth of firms in developing countries and hampering the ability of credit-worthy families to borrow.

Research Highlights on SME Growth (December 2016)

SME growth and job creation | SMEs employ around 50 percent of workers in developing countries | Preferential tax regime in Georgia partial success | Firm registration reform in Mexico | Banco Azteca improved access to finance for low-income individuals | Psychometric screening tool can improve loan repayment behavior | Consulting services can improve SME performance | Exploring business literacy program in Bosnia

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  • The Development Research Group is managed by the Research Director and seven Research Managers

Last updated: 2016-12-07

New Policy Research Working Papers

7911The morphology of African cities2016/12
7910Optimal allocation of natural resource surpluses in a dynamic macroeconomic framework : a DSGE analysis with evidence from Uganda2016/12
7909Sources of productivity growth in Uganda : the role of interindustry and intra-industry misallocation in the 2000s2016/12
7908Financial constraints and girls' secondary education: evidence from school fee elimination in the Gambia2016/12
7907CPI bias and its implications for poverty reduction in Africa2016/12


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