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MFC Policy Paper No.5: Demystifying the role of microfinance in job creation

MFC Policy Paper No.5: Demystifying the role of microfinance in job creation The paper discusses the role of microfinance in job creation through self-employment and microenterprise. Despite high expectations, in general microenterprises have a limited however socially important contribution to job creation. It is necessary to distinguish between growth-oriented young firms that have a potential [...]

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World Economic Forum held in Davos

Inclusive growth (no-one left behind) and the challenge to globalization was a central theme of the World Economic Forum held in Davos from 16th to 20th January 2017. Ms Lagarde, Head of the IMF, highlighted the dangers of rising inequality and the crisis in living standards for working people in advanced economies, and hence the [...]

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Of Mice and Unemployed: Rethinking Micro-Enterprise and Small Business

MFC Policy Paper No. 3: Of Mice and Unemployed: Rethinking Micro-Enterprise and Small Business, 2015 The paper discusses the complex relationships between firms size and job creation in the EU which shows that there is a need to better understand the dynamics of the job creation and destruction process. Promoting jobs through self-employment and small [...]

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Research paper: Financing Gap and SME Employment Growth: Beyond Access to Finance

MFC Research paper: Financing Gap and SME Employment Growth: Beyond Access to Finance The key aim of our research was to investigate the relation between the perceived changes in financing gap and employment growth by SMEs in the EU. The paper builds on and extends the analysis of SAFE survey data, in order to focus [...]

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USA concerns about the use of big data,… Food for thought for European : Big Data impacts financial inclusion of poor and vulnerable people

Link to an U.S. comedy show that accurately portrays the problems with the U.S. credit reporting system: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Credit Reports”  “How big data harms poor communities”:  a report from the National Consumer Law Center (an American consumer organization). It focuses on “big data” and its impact on economically vulnerable consumers. [...]

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“Of Mice and Unemployed: Rethinking Micro-Enterprise and Small Business Policies In the EU”

MICROFINANCE CENTRE (MFC) - The paper discusses the complex relationships between firm size and job creation within the EU, demonstrating a need to better understand the dynamics of job creation and destruction. Promoting jobs through self-employment and small businesses (which create the majority of jobs in an economy) is a strategy that attracts a lot [...]

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