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International Conference on Innovative Applied Energy    

E-Proceedings ISBN: 978-1-912532-05-6

14-15 March 2019, Oxford, United Kingdom



Sustainable Development with Small and Medium Enterprises: Evidence from the NetherlandsDutch economic trade model



Ergin Akalpler

Near East University, Faculty of Economics and Business AdministrationDepartment of EconomicsYakin Doğu Bulvarı, NicosiaNorth Cyprus/ Cyprus


Paper Abstract

In the Netherlands, 69.2% of all firms can be defined as family businesses. This indicates how important SMEs and family businesses are for the Netherlands as well as other economies in Europe and around the world (Deutsche Bank, 2016).

In this paper, sustainable development with Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Netherlands is researched between 1971 and 2014. By doing this, the effects of the SMEs on GDP are questioned in order to bring a better understanding on belief that SMEs are not ideal model for international trade which is in this study new dimension for economic development is introduced. And belief on economic development through economies of scale large-scale production to capture high profit is questioned in the light of Dutch economic trade model, which support retail trade as a major regressor in this analysis as proxies of the role of SMEs in enhancing growth.

SMEs are central and important in shaping enterprise policy in the Netherlands. However, in the European Union (EU), the European Commission regards SMEs as crucial for ensuring economic growth, innovation, job creation, and social integration within the EU (Euro stat, 2016).

The outcome of this study supports the hypothesis that SMS enterprises have an effect on economic growth

Paper Keywords
Small Medium-sized Enterprise, EU, Ordinary Least Square, Economic Growth, the Netherlands.
Corresponding author Biography

Ergin Akalpler is an economist, advisor and faculty member at Near East University.

He completed his undergraduate education in the Economics department of the Economics and Administrative Sciences Faculty in Turkey.  In 1989, through the European Council Scholarship programme, he attended the Vienna University of Economics for his master’s in the Institute for Foreign Economics and Politics. After completing his master’s education, he attended a PhD programme at the same university. He completed his education in the Institute for European Research and International Economics in the Vienna University of Economics and became  a Doctor of Economics and Social Sciences.

During and after his education, he taught as a lecturer and was the head of department at different universities in North Cyprus and in Vienna.

He has prepared several projects and attends many conferences and congress worldwide. He has published several articles and books.

In 2004, he was employed as an Educational Advisor by the Ministry of Education and the Higher Education Council in the TRNC for the implementation of the EU Socrates- Erasmus- Lifelong Learning Education programmes, ENQA (The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education), Erasmus University Charter, European University Association, Naric and others. He managed the scholarship programme for students from third countries.  

In 2010, he became an advisor for the TRNC President on economic matters, with the responsibility for preparing, monitoring, evaluating and writing briefs/reports and communicating with the local institutions for evaluating the sectorial problems and issues. Regular meetings with the state secretary and other acting persons were conducted for evaluating and developing new plans and programs, along with regular meetings with the president. He has been assigned as an acting member and representative of the president for the Economic and Technical Committee for United Nation Development Program (UNDP).

He speaks both English and German.

He is married and has three children.

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