Entrepreneurship by Women in the Rural Environment: Tourism as a Spur to Development

Esic Market Economics and Business Journal Vol. 45, Issue 3, September-December 2014, 553-578

26 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2015

See all articles by Pilar Talón Ballestero

Pilar Talón Ballestero

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Pilar Abad-Romero

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos - Facultad de Ciencias Jurisdicas y Sociales; University of Barcelona - Riskcenter-IREA

Lydia González Serrano

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Date Written: September 1, 2014

Abstract

The important role of women in rural development has been brought repeatedly to notice in the literature, but the role of women entrepreneurs in rural development is a more novel issue. Rural tourism has provided a fundamental opportunity for women to join the job market and earn recognition of their economic independence and professional status, but little evidence exists of the real impact of rural tourism businesses run by women. The objective of this research therefore is to evaluate the economic situation of women rural tourism entrepreneurs, determining what variables affect the probability that a woman owner or manager will earn her basic or fundamental income running tourist accommodation (a country cottage). The results confirm that running rural tourist accommodation normally brings in supplementary income, although the rural environment seems to be witnessing the rise of a new profile in female entrepreneurs, there is less dependence on the traditional family structure and greater proximity to both personal and economic independence.

Keywords: Women, entrepreneurship, rural tourism, rural development, profile of women entrepreneurs, logit model

JEL Classification: L26, L83, J16

Suggested Citation

Talón Ballestero, Pilar and Abad-Romero, Pilar and González Serrano, Lydia, Entrepreneurship by Women in the Rural Environment: Tourism as a Spur to Development (September 1, 2014). Esic Market Economics and Business Journal Vol. 45, Issue 3, September-December 2014, 553-578, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2574169

Pilar Talón Ballestero (Contact Author)

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos ( email )

Calle Tulipán, s/n
Madrid, Móstoles 28230
Spain

Pilar Abad-Romero

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos - Facultad de Ciencias Jurisdicas y Sociales ( email )

Po. de Artilleros, s/n
Madrid, 28032
Spain

University of Barcelona - Riskcenter-IREA ( email )

Av. Diagonal, 690
Barcelona, 08034
Spain

Lydia González Serrano

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos ( email )

Calle Tulipán, s/n
Madrid, Móstoles 28032
Spain

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