Does gender inequality matter for female entrepreneurial activities? An investigation of selected OECD countries

Dennis Barber III, Yassaman Saadatmand, Johnathan Pierce


This paper evaluates empirically the effects of gender inequalities on female entrepreneurship activities in selected OECD countries over a 14-year span. The study evaluates the impacts on of gender inequality on female entrepreneurial activities. The high-income countries (as determined by the World Bank) were investigated separately from the low- and middle-income countries. Gender specific education, labor participation and inequality variables are included in the model. Overall, the findings suggest that higher gender inequality is associated with lower levels of female entrepreneurial activities. The pooled data results were the same.


Female entrepreneurship, macroeconomics, gender inequality, OECD

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