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Start-up Conditions and the Performance of Women - and Men - Controlled Business in manufacturing Industries

Otilia Driga () and Diego Prior ()

No 907, Working Papers from Departament Empresa, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Abstract: Recent research on the economic performance of wome n-controlled firms suggests that their underperformance may not result from differences in the managerial ability of women as compared to men, but it can be the result of different levels of start-up resources. Using accounting data, this paper examines the effects that selected start-up conditions have on the economic performance observed in a sample of 4450 Spanish manufacturing firms. The results indicate significa nt differences regarding the initial conditions, showing lower levels of assets and number of employees what have implications on the economic performance of women-controlled firms.

Keywords: Women controlled firms; performance; growth; initial resources; firm size; financial debt; manufacturing industries. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M13 M21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-12, Revised 2009-12
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Published in Working Papers at the Department of Business, December pages 1-51

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