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Cultures of Female Entrepreneurship

James Foreman-Peck () and Peng Zhou ()

No E2014/1, Cardiff Economics Working Papers from Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section

Abstract: The present research shows how entrepreneurial culture contributes to the widely noted difference in entrepreneurial propensities between men and women. The consequences of the assumed differential importance of household and family generate testable hypotheses about the gender effects of entrepreneurial culture. The principal hypothesis is that there is a greater chance of females in ‘unentrepreneurial’ cultures being relatively entrepreneurial compared to males. Also women from different entrepreneurial cultures show greater similarity of behaviour (lower variance) than men. But proportionate gender gaps within entrepreneurial cultures are less than those between males of different cultures. These hypotheses are tested on US immigrant data from the 2000 census and are not rejected.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Culture; Gender; Migrants (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D01 J15 J23 J61 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2014-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-dem, nep-ent, nep-gro, nep-lab and nep-mig
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