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Does Corruption Discourage More Female Entrepreneurs from Applying for Credit?

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  • Jean-Christophe STATNIK

    (Université de Lille, Yncréa Lille)

  • Thi-Le Giang VU

    (Université de Lille)

  • Laurent WEILL

    (LaRGE Research Center, Université de Strasbourg)

Abstract

There is evidence of a gender gap in access to finance. In this paper, we test the hypothesis that corruption discourages more female than male entrepreneurs from applying for credit. We use data on access to credit and corruption at the firm level for a large dataset of firms from 68 countries worldwide. We demonstrate that female entrepreneurs are more discouraged by corruption to ask for credit than male borrowers. We find evidence for two explanations for the gendered impact of corruption on borrower discouragement: women have less experience in management than men and as such can have less experience to deal with corruption, and gender inequality in society enhances the discouragement of female borrowers. Thus, our findings provide evidence that corruption enhances the gender gap in access to finance, enhancing gender inequality in participation in economic activity.

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  • Jean-Christophe STATNIK & Thi-Le Giang VU & Laurent WEILL, 2021. "Does Corruption Discourage More Female Entrepreneurs from Applying for Credit?," Working Papers of LaRGE Research Center 2021-05, Laboratoire de Recherche en Gestion et Economie (LaRGE), Université de Strasbourg.
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    Keywords

    gender; access to credit; borrower discouragement; corruption.;
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    JEL classification:

    • D73 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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