The Gender Gap in Federal and Private Support for Entrepreneurship
Dora Gicheva and
No 15-5, UNCG Economics Working Papers from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics
The role of gender in entrepreneurship has been thoroughly investigated. However, less is known about gender differences in access to private investment when attempting to develop a new technology. In this paper we use data collected by the National Research Council of the National Academies to estimate differences between the probability that a female-owned firm and a male-owned firm, both conducting research funded by the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, will receive private investment funding to help to commercialize the funded technology. We find that female-owned firms are disadvantaged in their access to private investment, especially in the West and Northeast regions of the United States.
Keywords: private investments; entrepreneurship; gender; technology; innovation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L26 O31 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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