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Gender, Access to Finance, Occupational Choice, and Business Performance

Nelli S. Gazanchyan, Nigar Hashimzade, Yulia Rodionova and Natalia Vershinina

No 6353, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

Abstract: We present a theoretical and empirical analysis of the links between the gender of an entrepreneur, access to finance, occupational choice, and business performance. Our theoretical model predicts that, when lenders discriminate against women entrepreneurs, the average entrepreneurial skill of women who become entrepreneurs or enter paid employment as managers is higher than that of their men counterparts. This suggests that the firms owned or managed by women should perform better than the firms owned or managed by men, ceteris paribus. We find empirical support for the assumptions and the predictions of our model using firm-level data for 28 emerging economies in Europe and Asia; the effect is especially strong in the small and medium enterprises, possibly, because in large firms borrowing is a less essential source of finance. An important policy implication of our findings is that discrimination in the capital market spills over to the labour market, leading to the distortion of occupational choice and inefficiency in allocation of physical and human resources.

Keywords: occupational choice; discrimination; finance; gender; small and medium enterprises (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-ent, nep-gen and nep-sbm
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