Environmental Factors and Female Entrepreneurship: A Quantitative Study in Spain

Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing, 286, pp. 243-259

Posted: 1 Nov 2012

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María Noguera

Autonomous University of Barcelona

David Urbano

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Claudia Alvarez

Universidad EAFIT; Autonomous University of Barcelona

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

The main purpose of this research is to analyze the influence of environmental factors on female entrepreneurial activity, using an institutional approach as a theoretical framework. The empirical research uses regression logistic models and data from Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM). The main findings indicate that informal factors (perceived capabilities to start a business, social networks and family role) are more relevant for female entrepreneurship than formal factors (financing, support policies to entrepreneurship and education). The research contributes both theoretically, with regard to advances in the field of female entrepreneurship and practically, for the design of support policies for female entrepreneurial activity.

Keywords: entrepreneurial activity, female entrepreneurship, environmental factors, institutions, institutional economics, GEM Spain

Suggested Citation

Noguera, María and Urbano, David and Alvarez, Claudia, Environmental Factors and Female Entrepreneurship: A Quantitative Study in Spain (2012). Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing, 286, pp. 243-259, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2169357

María Noguera

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

Plaça Cívica
Cerdañola del Valles
Barcelona, Barcelona 08193
Spain

David Urbano

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

Edifici B, Campus UAB
Bellaterra, Barcelona 08193
Spain
34935811209 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.davidurbano.eu

Claudia Alvarez (Contact Author)

Universidad EAFIT ( email )

Carrera 49 N° 7 sur – 50
Medellín, Antioquia 00000
Colombia

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

Bellaterra, Barcelona 08193
Spain

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