Research Associate, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford
I was a Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) at the University of Oxford from 1996 to 2012. I am now a research associate of the Centre continuing to work on labour markets and firms in sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining the Centre in 1991 I held positions in Tanzania at the Tanzania Investment Bank, in the UK at the National Institute of Economics and Social Research and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and in Australia at the Bureau of Agricultural Economics and the Australian National University.I am currently working on projects studying the evolution of firms in Africa, the productivity of agriculture and the links between skills, employment and incomes in African labour markets.
Almost all developing countries have policies to promote small and medium-sized firms. The reasons for this choice are clear. Small firms appear to create lots of job with relatively little capital and jobs are desperately...