Parallel session
Enterprise development

UNU-WIDER has engaged in research with a focus on improving our understanding of enterprise dynamics that can help our understanding on how best to alleviate allocative inefficiencies in the business sector.

This session will present three research endeavours under these categories drawing upon UNU-WIDER’s work on this topic in Mozambique, Myanmar, South Africa, and Viet Nam. First, we take South Africa as a case and look at how import linkages influence firm productivity, export performance and responsiveness to exchange rate movements. Focus will be on whether access to intermediate imports influences how manufacturing firms engage and compete internationally.

Secondly, the case of Vietnam will be discussed with focus on the environment in which trade unions operate, including the role of trade unions in terms of securing benefits/higher wages for workers. Finally, the session will take a closer look at what research in enterprise development could mean for advancing women’s entrepreneurship in the future.

Discussion will link to UNU-WIDER work on how the practice of industrial policy may be improved in future.

Session videos

Parallel 3.3 | Enterprise development

Lawrence Edwards | Eyerusalem Siba | Nina Torm | John Page | Q&A



John Rand | Chair 

John Rand is Professor of Development Economics at the University of Copenhagen. His research covers industrial policy and firm dynamics, quantitative impact evaluation of development projects, and macroeconomics of international capital flows. Professor Rand's research focuses on being policy relevant in a developing country context. His work is often carried out in collaboration with national ministries and research institutions but also with international organizations such as the UN, ILO and the World Bank.

Lawrence Edwards | Presenter | Presentation

Lawrence Edwards is a Professor in the School of Economics, Researcher within the Policy Research on International Services and Manufacturing (PRISM) and Research Associate of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. His research interests include international trade and development in Africa. He has consulted widely with the World Bank, the National Treasury and the Department of Trade and Industry.

Eyerusalem Siba | Presenter | Presentation

Eyerusalem Siba is a Research Fellow at the Africa Growth Initiative (AGI) of Global Economy & Development program at the Brookings Institution. Previously a post-doctoral research fellow at University of Gothenburg, her research focuses on private sector development, trade, industrial development, infrastructure, gender, entrepreneurship and tenure security in Africa.

Nina Torm | Presenter | Presentation

Nina Torm is an Assistant Professor at Roskilde University. Her research interests include labour market issues with a particular focus on standards, regulatory frameworks, employment promotion and informality in low-income countries. Her research focusses on East Asia, mostly Vietnam, and East Africa. Currently, Dr Torm's main research project is 'Informal Worker Organization and Social Protection", focussing on Tanzania and Kenya.

John Page | Discussant

John Page is a Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC and a Non-resident Senior Fellow at UNU-WIDER. He is visiting professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan and a Research Associate of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University and the Oxford Centre for the Study of Resource Rich Economies. He is the author of several books and more than 90 articles in the field of economic development.