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Sex Imbalance, Marriage Competition, and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from rural China

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  • Yuan, Yan
  • Rong, Zhao
  • Xu, Lihe

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It is well acknowledged that the entrepreneurship is important to economic development. In this paper, we suggest a gender-related determinant of entrepreneurship, local sex imbalance. Using a 2009 rural finance survey, we examine how this imbalance influences the venturing at the household level in China. We find that households with a son in more sex-imbalanced villages are more likely to have a business. Further examination reveals that these households have any advantage in borrowing.

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  • Yuan, Yan & Rong, Zhao & Xu, Lihe, 2012. "Sex Imbalance, Marriage Competition, and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from rural China," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 125021, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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    Keywords

    entrepreneurship; sex ratio; China; Community/Rural/Urban Development; Consumer/Household Economics; Farm Management; Financial Economics; J1; J2;

    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor

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