SMEs can and need to play an important role in securing and creating new jobs, if development programmes revert their focus to job creation with the help of effective trainings and restructured access to finance.▶
Michael Grimm is Professor of Development Economics at the University of Passau (Germany) and the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam. He holds an MA in Economics from Frankfurt University and an MA in Population Economics and PhD in Development Economics both from Sciences-Po Paris. His research covers problems related to poverty and growth such as education, health and informal labor markets including the evaluation of policy interventions in these domains. He recently directed a Multi-Donor Trust Fund project on informal entrepreneurship. Currently, he is coordinating a field experiment on the effects of health insurance on sharing networks and entrepreneurial investment in Burkina Faso.