Professor, Department of Economics and School of International and Public Affairs, Colombia University

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Eric Verhoogen is Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs and Economics. His main research area is industrial development – applied microeconomic research on firms in developing countries. This area overlaps with the fields of development economics, international trade, labor economics, and industrial organisation. A recurrent theme in his work is the process of quality upgrading in the manufacturing sectors of developing countries – its causes, consequences, and broader implications.

Governments in developing and developed countries frequently use policy tools such as matching grants to promote growth and innovation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). A matching grant is a type of subsidy where firms commit to invest money in certain activities once the government grant is received. International aid and multilateral organizations also promote matching grants as a private sector development policy; for example, the World Bank has invested at least $1.2 billion dollars in matching grant programs targeting SMEs.
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Saturday, 23 September 2017
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