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A Methodological Problem Associated with Researching Women Entrepreneurs


  • Beatrice E. Avolio

    (CENTRUM Católica)


This article highlights one of the most significant methodological problems of researching women entrepreneurs and understanding the female entrepreneurial experience, which is related to the definition of what is a women entrepreneur. The article outlines the state of research on women entrepreneurs, presents the diverse definitions used in research, conceptualizes the different aspects related to the definition of a woman entrepreneur, and proposes future directions for developing research on women as entrepreneurs.

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  • Beatrice E. Avolio, 2011. "A Methodological Problem Associated with Researching Women Entrepreneurs," Journal of Women's Entrepreneurship and Education, Institute of Economic Sciences, issue 1-2, pages 9-25.
  • Handle: RePEc:ibg:jwejou:y:2011:i:1-2:p:9-25

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    Women entrepreneurs; entrepreneurial activity; employment; self -employment; methodological problem;

    JEL classification:

    • B54 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Feminist Economics
    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search


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