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Women Entrepreneurship Promotion in Developing Countries: What explains the gender gap in entrepreneurship and how to close it?

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  • Saskia Vossenberg

    (Maastricht School of Management, PO Box 1203, 6201 BE Maastricht, The Netherlands)

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    Despite the growing number of women-led business and a significant increase of initiatives, policies and resources designed to promote and develop women’s entrepreneurship, the gender gap in entrepreneurship persist. This paper addresses two questions: Why does the gender gap in entrepreneurship persist? And, what does the literature suggest to us about the best ways to promote women’s entrepreneurship? Based on a feminist perspective this paper argues that current women entrepreneurship promotion policies undoubtedly benefit individual women but when the gender bias in the context in which entrepreneurship is embedded, is left intact, efforts may remain in vain and without any significant macroeconomic or social impact.

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    Paper provided by Maastricht School of Management in its series Working Papers with number 2013/08.

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    Length: 29 pages
    Date of creation: Mar 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:msm:wpaper:2013/08

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    1. Marina Della-Giusta & Christine Phillips, 2006. "Women entrepreneurs in the Gambia: challenges and opportunities," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(8), pages 1051-1064.
    2. Siri Terjesen & Jos� Ernesto Amor�s, 2010. "Female Entrepreneurship in Latin America and the Caribbean: Characteristics, Drivers and Relationship to Economic Development," The European Journal of Development Research, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 22(3), pages 313-330, July.
    3. Nada Kobeissi, 2010. "Gender factors and female entrepreneurship: International evidence and policy implications," Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Springer, vol. 8(1), pages 1-35, March.
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    1. Fons Trompenaars & Madeleine van der Steege & Riana Schreuders, 2014. "Collaborating to Identify the Personal and Business Dilemmas of Successful Women Entrepreneurs," Working Papers 2014/10, Maastricht School of Management.

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