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30 Years of economics for development
Event name
WIDER-MERIT Research Workshop on Entrepreneurship, Technological Innovation, and Development 
UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands 
30 October 2008 - 31 October 2008
Contact person

Wim Naudé, Senior Research Fellow, UNU-WIDER
Adam Szirmai, Professional Fellow at UNU-MERIT
Lisa Winkler, Project Assistant, UNU-WIDER

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Entrepreneurship can make an important contribution to development by providing technologies that improve people’s productivity and living standards. While the role of entrepreneurship in technological innovation has been widely studied in the context of advanced economies, less is known about entrepreneurship in developing economies. Of particular interest is the role of entrepreneurs in the quantity, quality, commercialization, and adoption of technological innovations in developing countries, and the implications thereof for economic growth, trade, poverty, and inequality. This joint workshop by the World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and Maastricht  Economic and social Research and training centre on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) of the United Nations University (UNU) is intended as a platform for the discussion and promotion of research in this regard.

Workshop topics include:

  • What is the role of entrepreneurship in technological innovation and acceleration of economic growth?

  • How does this role differ between developed and developing countries?

  • What kinds of entrepreneurship are most crucial for successful development?

  • What incentive structures exist for entrepreneurs in developing countries and how are these determined by policies, institutions, finance and expectations? 

  • How do entrepreneurial practices differ between developing countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa?

  • How do policies, institutions, financial factors, history, and geography impact on the riskiness of technological innovation?

  • Are science parks, incubators, and university support networks for entrepreneurship appropriate models to stimulate entrepreneurial innovation in developing countries?

  • How can microfinance be tailored to encourage entrepreneurial technological innovation?

Maastricht  Economic and social Research and training centre on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) is a joint research and training centre of United Nations University (UNU) and Maastricht University, The Netherlands. The joint Institute was created on 1 January 2006 following the integration of the former UNU-Institute for New Technologies (INTECH) in Maastricht , and the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology, MERIT, at Maastricht University. UNU-MERIT provides insights into the social, political and economic factors that drive technological change and innovation. The Centre's research and training programmes address a broad range of policy questions relating to the national and international governance of science, technology and innovation, with a particular focus on the creation, diffusion and access to knowledge.

For further information about this project, Promoting Entrepreneurial Capacity


Papers are invited on the workshop and related topics. Submissions of paper abstracts before
30 May 2008: entrepreneur(at) Abstracts should be accompanied by a CV. All abstracts will be reviewed by a selection panel. Preference will be given to original  papers since all selected papers will be considered for a special publication on the topic.  Accepted papers are required by 22 September 2008. UNU-WIDER and UNU-MERIT may cover travel and accommodation costs of participants whose papers have been selected, within UN regulations.  There is no registration fee.

The conference is intended for researchers from the academic, government and development communities

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