"Ein bisschen weniger arm": Die Logik der Subsistenzunternehmer

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Erhard Berner, Georgina Gomez & Peter Knorringa: "A little less poor": The logic of subsistence entrepreneurs. A large majority of small- and microentrepreneurs aim primarily for subsistence and security, and, consequently, follow a qualitatively different logic from that of growth-oriented entrepreneurs. By presenting the key characteristics of subsistence and growth-oriented enterprises, this article highlights their distinction. It, furthermore, brings together and illuminates what limited evidence exists concerning the transition between subsistence and growth-oriented enterprises. Although the majority of poorer entrepreneurs follow a subsistence rationality, we argue that most development interventions use an implicit growth-oriented logic and, therefore, fail to address the specifi c needs of small-scale entrepreneurs. We conclude by outlining a more pragmatic policy package, one which starts from the reality that instead of being means to riches, subsistence businesses serve primarily as buffers against slipping deeper into poverty.
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)7-26
Number of pages20
JournalPeripherie: Zeitschrift für Politik und Ökonomie in der Dritten Welt
Volume121
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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