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Private Investment to Support New Technologies: Quantifying Gender Differences

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  • Bradley, Samantha R.

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    (RTI International)

  • Gicheva, Dora

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    (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics)

  • Hassell, Lydia

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    (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics)

  • Link, Albert N.

    ()
    (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics)

Abstract

The role of gender in entrepreneurship has been thoroughly investigated. However, less is known about gender differences in access to private investment when attempting to develop a new technology. In this paper we use data collected by the National Research Council of the National Academies to estimate differences between the probability that a female-owned firm and a male-owned firm, both conducting research funded by the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, will receive private investment funding to help to commercialize the funded technology. We find that female-owned firms are disadvantaged in their access to private investment, especially in the West and Northeast regions of the United States.

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Paper provided by University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 13-11.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: 05 Jul 2013
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Handle: RePEc:ris:uncgec:2013_011

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Keywords: Private investments; Gender; Technology; Innovation;

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  1. Link, Albert N. & Scott, John T., 2010. "Government as entrepreneur: Evaluating the commercialization success of SBIR projects," Research Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 39(5), pages 589-601, June.
  2. Blanchflower, David G & Meyer, Bruce D, 1994. " A Longitudinal Analysis of the Young Self-Employed in Australia and the United States," Small Business Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 6(1), pages 1-19, February.
  3. Blanchflower, David G & Oswald, Andrew J, 1998. "What Makes an Entrepreneur?," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 16(1), pages 26-60, January.
  4. Gicheva, Dora & Link, Albert N., 2011. "Leveraging Entrepreneurship through Private Investments: Does Gender Matter?," Working Papers, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics 11-21, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics.
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