Women Entrepreneurs in the MENA Region: Opportunities or a Mirage?

22 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2017

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Fatma El Hamidi

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics & GSPIA; ERF

Date Written: October 27, 2017

Abstract

This article evaluates the experience of MENA countries in promoting women entrepreneurship as a medium of economic growth and poverty reduction. The article examines the connection between economic development and the role of micro and small businesses as an employment generating engine; gender differences and characteristics of formal and informal businesses.

Keywords: gender, women, MENA, entrepreneurship, MSMEs, microfinance, microcredit, formal, informal

JEL Classification: D2, J4, E26, O17, P42

Suggested Citation

El Hamidi, Fatma, Women Entrepreneurs in the MENA Region: Opportunities or a Mirage? (October 27, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3060881 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3060881

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

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