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UNU-WIDER UNU-WIDER Project Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Conflict

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UNU-WIDER Project Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Conflict

INCORE, University of Ulster, Londonderry, Northern Ireland 

20 March 2009 - 21 March 2009
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Entrepreneurs are often adversely affected by violent conflict such as civil war. At the same time though entrepreneurs may contribute to or even benefit from violent conflict and other ‘destructive’ and ‘unproductive’ activities that limit economic development. Whatever the direction of causality, entrepreneurs can be found at the heart of all violent conflicts and at the centre of post-war reconstruction and development.

Surprisingly, the nature of the relationship between entrepreneurship and violent conflict is relatively neglected in academic research.

Therefore, the purpose of this workshop is to deliberate on the nature of entrepreneurship and conflict, exploring how entrepreneurship should be promoted for the establishment and maintenance of peace, security, and development. The workshop is organised in collaboration with the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) and the International Conflict Research Institute(INCORE).


  • How do institutions affect the allocation of entrepreneurship towards activities that may generate violent conflict and activities which may constrain economic growth and development?

  • Do entrepreneurial activities sustain civil war and organized crime?

  • How does violent conflict influence the decision to become an entrepreneur?

  • Do small firms bear the brunt of violent conflict?

  • Does war disproportionately affect women entrepreneurs?

  • What is the nature of informal entrepreneurship in conflict?

  • How does entrepreneurial rent-seeking, corruption, and crime affect economic growth?

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