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Effectiveness of HRD for developing SMEs in South Asia


  • Ahmed, Vaqar
  • Wahab, Mohammad Abdul
  • Mahmood, Hamid


Today South Asia is host to a large youth bulge which is entering the labor market every year posing challenging questions for the national governments in the context of employable skills, space for entrepreneurship, innovation and economic freedom. SME sector provides an opportunity for the young to exercise their ideas and ideals. However a prerequisite for the young to be innovate is the how countries produce and retain a high end human capital. This study provides a review of national socio-economic policies in South Asian region - which answer such challenges.

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  • Ahmed, Vaqar & Wahab, Mohammad Abdul & Mahmood, Hamid, 2011. "Effectiveness of HRD for developing SMEs in South Asia," MPRA Paper 30780, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:30780

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    1. Naveed R. Khan & Marinah Awang & Che Mohd Zulkifli, 2013. "Small and Medium Enterprises and Human Resource Practices in Pakistan," International Journal of Asian Social Science, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 3(2), pages 460-471, February(.

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    human resource development; small and medium enterprises; economic growth; competitiveness;

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    • J08 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics Policies
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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