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Title:Gender differences in business performance: evidence from the characteristics of business owners survey PDF Logo
Authors:Fairlie, Robert W.
Robb, Alicia M.
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 3718
Abstract:Using confidential microdata from the U.S. Census Bureau, we investigate the performance of female-owned businesses making comparisons to male-owned businesses. Using regression estimates and a decomposition technique, we explore the role that human capital, especially through prior work experience, and financial capital play in contributing to why female-owned businesses have lower survival rates, profits, employment and sales. We find that female-owned businesses are less successful than male-owned businesses because they have less startup capital, and business human capital acquired through prior work experience in a similar business and prior work experience in family business. We also find some evidence that female-owned businesses work fewer hours and may have different preferences for the goals of their business.
Subjects:Female entrepreneurship
business outcomes
JEL:J15
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20081014177
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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