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Definitions Matter: Measuring Gender Gaps in Firms' Access to Credit

Claudia Piras (), Andrea Presbitero and Roberta Rabellotti ()

No 90, Mo.Fi.R. Working Papers from Money and Finance Research group (Mo.Fi.R.) - Univ. Politecnica Marche - Dept. Economic and Social Sciences

Abstract: Standards measures of female ownership and management of firms included in the World Bank Enterprise Survey do not support the existence of a gender gap in access to finance in the Latin American and Caribbean region. Nonetheless, more precise measures show that women-led businesses are more likely to be financially constrained than other comparable firms. The evidence presented herein suggests that this gender gap may be driven by taste-based discrimination. This paper exploits a rich dataset that provides detailed information about female ownership and management in firms, allowing for further understanding of gender gaps in access to finance.

Keywords: Access to credit, Discrimination; , Firm ownership, Gender (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G21 J16 O54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25
Date: 2013-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-ent, nep-eur, nep-hme and nep-lam
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