The Gendered Aspects of MSEs in MENA: Evidence from Egypt and Turkey

Economic Research Forum Working Paper No. 535

38 Pages Posted: 2 May 2011

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Fatma El Hamidi

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics & GSPIA; ERF

Cem Baslevent

Istanbul Bilgi University - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 1, 2010

Abstract

This study attempts to shed light on the gendered aspect of MSEs (i.e. how the sectors of activities, income, growth, etc. differ by the gender of the entrepreneur) and tests some of the main claims of the rather modest available literature by means of an econometric analysis. The empirical work utilizes nationally representative MSE surveys conducted for Turkey and Egypt in 2001 and 2003 respectively (for brevity, we hereafter use "E&T" to refer to "Egypt and Turkey"). The working sample has 4136 and 4238 permanent establishments located in the urban areas of Egypt and Turkey, respectively. By identifying the sectors and types of activities females are more likely to thrive in, this study calls attention to those sectors where direct intervention by the government will be more effective, and provide some guidance for making proposals to further reduce the extent of gender-differences and practices in MSEs.

Suggested Citation

El Hamidi, Fatma and Baslevent, Cem, The Gendered Aspects of MSEs in MENA: Evidence from Egypt and Turkey (August 1, 2010). Economic Research Forum Working Paper No. 535, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1819300 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1819300

Fatma El Hamidi (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics & GSPIA ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15260-0001
United States

ERF ( email )

21 Al-Sad Al-Aaly St.
(P.O. Box: 12311)
Dokki, Cairo
Egypt

Cem Baslevent

Istanbul Bilgi University - Department of Economics ( email )

Kustepe
Susli
Istanbul, 80310
Turkey

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