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The neglected role of formal and informal institutions in women’s entrepreneurship: a multi-level analysis

Daniela Gimenez-Jimenez (), Andrea Calabrò () and David Urbano ()
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Daniela Gimenez-Jimenez: Technische Universität München
Andrea Calabrò: IPAG Business School
David Urbano: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Edifici B, Campus UAB

Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 2020, vol. 18, issue 2, No 4, 196-226

Abstract: Abstract This article draws upon institutional theory to investigate whether and to what extent informal institutions (masculinity, power distance, individualism, and indulgence) affect the relationship between formal institutions (the public expenditure on childcare and the length of parental leave) and the likelihood that women will become entrepreneurs. The main findings show that societies characterized by high masculinity and/or low individualism amplify the relationship between the public expenditure on childcare and the likelihood that women will become entrepreneurs. Instead, high-indulgent societies weaken the negative relationship between the length of parental leave and the likelihood that women will become entrepreneurs. We provide a nuanced picture of women’s entrepreneurship by considering the neglected role of informal institutions.

Keywords: Women’s entrepreneurship; Female entrepreneurship; Formal institutions; Informal institutions; Institutional theory; Multi-level analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 J24 L26 M13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s10843-020-00270-8

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