Entrepreneurship and Gender in Latin America

12 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2018

Date Written: February 20, 2018

Abstract

Gender discrimination in Latin American societies significantly reduces the effective participation of women in the development of new businesses; therefore, it limits their possibilities for professional advancement, as well as development opportunities for their families. In an even broader context, inequality prevents women from efficiently contributing to business development in countries of the region.

The possibilities of undertaking new ventures are diminished by this reality. Most of the women surveyed for this study mentioned that they have suffered discrimination while doing business because of their gender. In fact, the results of this research paper show that women perceive greater inequality in opportunities to create companies and face more barriers in accessing resources, mainly financial ones, to develop their enterprises. These barriers have a negative effect on the outcomes and growth prospects of businesses created by women. Indeed, they prevent women, who represent more than 50% of the population, from efficiently contributing to the creation of wealth and jobs in Latin American countries.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Gender, Business Training, Risk Taking, Government Policies

Suggested Citation

Ilie, Camelia and Cardoza, Guillermo and Fernandez, Andres and Tejada, Haydee, Entrepreneurship and Gender in Latin America (February 20, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3126888 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3126888

Camelia Ilie (Contact Author)

INCAE Business School ( email )

Km2 Oeste del Vivero Procesa 1
La Garita
Alajuela, Alajuela 20113
Costa Rica

Guillermo Cardoza

INCAE ( email )

Alajuela
Costa Rica

Andres Fernandez

INCAE

Campus de Alajuela
Apartado 960-4050
Alajuela
Costa Rica

Haydee Tejada

INCAE Business School ( email )

Campus de Alajuela
Apartado 960-4050
Alajuela
Costa Rica

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