Inclusive Economy

Inclusive Economy

Exploring how economics can help build more equal, sustainable and inclusive societies. read more

Inclusive Economy introduction

This theme explores how economics can help build more equal, sustainable and inclusive societies. It builds upon the belief that the world needs new, global economic strategies, which will shift the focus from the pursuit of growth to more diverse economic models and policies that aim to increase human well-being.

Inclusiveness as a concept is often heard, but its meaning is discussed less. In the Inclusive Economy theme, The Broker investigates how we can build a global economic model that moves beyond the one-way road of mere economic growth to one that is also based on principles of equality and human well-being. Such economic transformation is needed in all countries – developed, emerging and developing – and requires action from multinational companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, governments and consumers.

In order to contribute to this challenge, The Broker brings together divergent approaches on how to effectively and structurally evoke this change by connecting the knowledge and experience of academics, policy-makers, practitioners and entrepreneurs.

An inclusive future demands political courage

Evert-jan Quak  | 19 June 2013

To achieve inclusive development the European Union (EU) needs to reframe its economic policy and reconsider politically sensitive issues.

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Editorial articles

Safeguarding community autonomy

Fabio de Castro | May 01, 2014

Local communities’ level of autonomy in shaping their livelihood strategies is reducing and their participation is relegated to a supporting role in Latin Am...

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How excessive inequality bit the rich North

Tom van der Lee | May 02, 2014

Eradicating inequality is the only way towards a stable economic recovery and job creation.

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Profits without labour benefits

Rolph van der Hoeven | February 26, 2014

Inequality is increasing in societies at the household level between groups who depend on wages for their income, and a small group of rich who earn an incom...

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A gender lens on the social change industry

Daniëlle de Winter | February 25, 2014

Women seem to be more attracted to start or participate in social enterprises (SEs) than in ‘regular’ business practices.

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Fragile employment

Over 200 million people worldwide are officially unemployed, but a much larger number of people has an uncertain, unstable and precarious job.

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From disposable labour to a different globalization

The central theme of The Broker Day 2014 on 14 April was employment and inequality, and the structural macroeconomic problems underlying them.

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Tackling inequality to achieve inclusive growth

Sara Murawski | December 06, 2013

The Broker’s debate on inequality learns that we need new policies that can spur an inclusive economy.

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Expert opinions

The Birth, Life and Death of SMEs in Rural Africa

Paula Nagler Wim Naudé  | 20 October 2014

Entrepreneurship is ubiquitous in rural Africa. But why do rural households operate non-farm enterprises? How productive are they? And why do they exit the market?

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The rise of finance undermines employment growth

Ken-Hou Lin  | 14 October 2014

The stagnation in labour demand in the US is linked to the rise of finance. Strategies to encourage long-term employment growth must be found in that direction too.

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Can "Massive Open Online Courses" help improve employability?

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a new learning phenomenon in the world of higher education and digital technology. Especially for developing countries,...

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Workers' organizations and SME-growth: A misrecognised link

Zjos Vlaminck  | 06 October 2014

While the roles of trade unionsand informal workers’ organizationsare little understood, these networks can play a significant role in stimulating SME growth on a micro, meso and macro level.

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The bumpy road to improve women entrepreneurship

Alia El Mahdi  | 07 October 2014

Egypt has invested in its female labour force since the 1960s. Yet women-led businesses remain rare. Alia El Mahdi provides insight into the underlying challenges...

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Coming full-circle: migrant and remigrant entrepreneurs

Gea Wijers  | 07 October 2014

Migrants and remigrants are especially likely to start their own businesses. But do they have the skills and knowledge that will allow them to access market...

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Managers through classroom training?

Business training programs are a popular tool used by policy-makers to promote SME growth. However, recent evidence suggests that these programs rarely lead to firm growth or job creation.

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Dossiers

Employment

Employment

Creating more and better jobs in a globalized world.

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Social entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship

The potential to increase the socioeconomic impact of social enterprises

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Social protection

Social protection

An estimated three quarters of the world’s population has no access to basic social protection.

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Inequality

Inequality

Inequality is at the heart of the debate of how to create a more sustainable world.

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