Female Entrepreneurship and Participation Rates in 19th Century Chile
Estudios de Economía, Vol. 42, No. 2, 2015
26 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2015
Date Written: December 1, 2015
This article studies female participation rates as entrepreneurs during the 1877-1908 period using data from the Santiago business license registry, census data and the trademark registry. The evidence reveals that business women in Santiago increased from 3 to 14 percent of the female labor force in the corresponding sectors analyzed during the period. The evidence shows women increasingly as business people: half of the economic sectors analyzed had female entrepreneurs while firms run by women increased from 13 to 20 percent in Santiago, but reached only 5 percent of national firms within the elite.
Keywords: Female entrepreneurship, economic history, economic development, Chile in late 19th century
JEL Classification: N86, N96
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