Women Entrepreneurship Promotion in Developing Countries: What explains the gender gap in entrepreneurship and how to close it?
AbstractDespite 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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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Maastricht School of Management in its series Working Papers with number 2013/08.
Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2013
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This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2013-03-23 (All new papers)
- NEP-CSE-2013-03-23 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-DEM-2013-03-23 (Demographic Economics)
- NEP-ENT-2013-03-23 (Entrepreneurship)
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