Determinants of Female Entrepreneurship in Spain: An Institutional Approach

Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory. Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 341–355

Posted: 22 Apr 2017

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María Noguera

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Claudia Alvarez

Universidad EAFIT; Autonomous University of Barcelona

José M. Merigó

University of Manchester

David Urbano

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Date Written: December 1, 2015

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to analyse the factors that influence female entrepreneurship in Spain, using institutional economics as the theoretical framework. The empirical research uses Spanish regional-level panel data (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and National Statistics Institute of Spain) covering the period 2003–2010. The main findings indicate that informal factors (recognition of entrepreneurial career and female networks) are more relevant for female entrepreneurship than formal factors (education, family context and differential of income level). The research contributes both theoretically (advancing knowledge with respect to environmental factors that affect female entrepreneurship), and practically (for the design of support policies and educational programmes to foster female entrepreneurial activity).

Keywords: Female entrepreneurship, Women entrepreneurship, Female entrepreneurial activity, Institutional economics, GEM, Spain

Suggested Citation

Noguera, María and Alvarez, Claudia and Merigó, José M. and Urbano, David, Determinants of Female Entrepreneurship in Spain: An Institutional Approach (December 1, 2015). Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory. Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 341–355, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2956466

María Noguera

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

Plaça Cívica
Cerdañola del Valles
Barcelona, Barcelona 08193
Spain

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

José M. Merigó

University of Manchester ( email )

Oxford Road
Manchester, N/A M13 9PL
United Kingdom

David Urbano

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

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

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