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Poverty and Entrepreneurship in Developed Economies

Michael H. Morris, Susana C. Santos and Xaver Neumeyer

While extensively explored as a solution to poverty at the base of the pyramid, this is the first in-depth examination of entrepreneurship and the poor within advanced economies. The authors explore the underlying nature of poverty and draw implications for new venture creation. Entrepreneurship is presented as a source of empowerment that represents an alternative pathway out of poverty.
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Chapter 13: Policies and programs to support low-income entrepreneurship

Michael H. Morris, Susana C. Santos and Xaver Neumeyer


Policy recommendations and related community initiatives that can foster entrepreneurship among the poor in developed economies are examined. Ongoing gaps in policies to support low-income entrepreneurs are identified. Eight principal policy levers available to foster entrepreneurial activity among the poor are reviewed. Complementing these are a wide variety of support initiatives typically initiated at a community level. Rather than approach these individually or on a piecemeal basis, attention is devoted to describing the elements of a more holistic policy framework. The stages in the SPODER model for facilitating low-income entrepreneurship introduced in Chapter 3 are revisited from a policy perspective.

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