When They Work with Women, Do Men Get All the Credit?
43 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2018 Last revised: 31 Jul 2018
Date Written: July 30, 2018
We study discrimination against female entrepreneurs. We analyze bank lending to 6,422 firms in 22 transition countries, both at the extensive and intensive margin. We find that gender discrimination occurs only if a firm is both managed and owned by females, especially in localities where gender bias is acute or more domestic banks are present. In contrast if either the top manager or owner is male, we find no evidence of discrimination. Importantly, these results are not driven by females having inferior skills to males.
Keywords: Access to credit, gender, discrimination, entrepreneurship
JEL Classification: G21, J16, L26
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