October 25, 2013 – Colette van der Ven
On October 18, 2013, LIDS held its annual symposium, this year focusing on the linkages and tensions between trade, development, and entrepreneurship. With sponsorship from the law firms of Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Sidley Austin, and Skadden, as well as the Harvard Milbank Tweed Fund and the Harvard International Legal Studies Program, the event was a great success and drew over 100 attendees!
The day-long event was kicked off by Abhijit Banerjee, who provided a powerful keynote address challenging popular understandings of entrepreneurship. Professor Banerjee’s address was followed by two panels: the first focused on barriers to scaling-up entrepreneurship, and the second addressed how to better connect micro-level problems to macro-level trade policy.
Professor Banerjee spoke about the challenges of entrepreneurship amongst the poor and whether entrepreneurship amongst the poor really creates a pathway for growth. He highlighted the importance of differentiating between survival-driven entrepreneurship and growth-driven entrepreneurship and drew attention to the fact that when the poor receive micro-credit loans, they often don’t use it to expand the business but, just like the middle class, buy comfort items instead, like TVs or motorcycles.
The first panel, moderated by Simon Winter, Senior Vice President at Technoserve, … Read More »
Please join LIDS for our 2013 Symposium!!
Date: Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 12:30 pm to 5 p.m.
Location: Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West
Focus: This year’s LIDS Symposium, entitled “Trade and Entrepreneurship: Linking Local Growth to Global Markets,” aims to highlight the legal, political, and economic barriers facing new businesses and aspiring exporters in developing countries. The symposium begins with the underlying notion that independent and sustainable development cannot occur without the emergence of successful, exportable domestic industries. While approaches such as microfinance gained traction in the past decade, efforts to grow subsistence-level producers and informal businesses into more efficient medium-sized enterprises in developing countries have remained frustratingly slow. Through the rich experience of the speakers, the 2013 LIDS symposium aims to exchange valuable lessons from NGOs, government, academia, and groundbreaking fieldwork in the search for solutions that to lead the way forward in this critical area of development.
View our Symposium Page for more information. We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event!!