On February 28, 28, 2014 the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics hosted a half-day conference entitled “Inclusive Growth for Entrepreneurs.” The day was focused around discussing the challenges associated with the development of a more inclusive financial system for entrepreneurs. The day went further in order to examine the insights of behavioral economics and the experiences of financial institutions when understanding how engaged entrepreneurs can overcome barriers to their own growth.
Part 4 contains a panel of academics presenting their current research in this space entitled “Behavioral Motivations, Entrepreneurs and Poverty.”
Emily Breza, Assistant Professor at Columbia Business School, presented her work on the question if micro finance fosters business growth.
Christopher Blattman, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs and of Political Science at Columbia University presented on stimulating youth entrepreneurship in Africa.
Ronnie Chatterji, Associate Professor at the Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business, spoke about the dichotomy between the consistent messaging encouraging everyone to become entrepreneurs and the realities of what is necessary to become a successful entrepreneur from an business and policy standpoint.
Finally, Amit Khandelwal, Gary Winnick & Martin Granoff Associate Professor of Business at Columbia Business School presented a research experiment where a cost-saving technology was introduced to a company in Pakistan and the implications that credit may have had on the technology’s adoption.
Closing remarks by Bruce Kogut , Professor and Director, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School and Gita Johar, Senior Vice Dean and Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business at Columbia Business School.