Reproductive Rights and Women's Access to Capital

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Jonathan Zandberg

Boston College - Carroll School of Management

Date Written: November 5, 2020

Abstract

This paper examines whether the gender gap in entrepreneurship can be attributed to frictions in credit markets to women of childbearing age. Access to reproductive care affects women's trade-off between family and career. Better access to reproductive care reduces women's risk of unintended pregnancy and increases female-led businesses' survival. The reduced risk enables women to raise more capital and open more firms. I utilize the introduction of policies limiting access to reproductive care and show that they lead to limited utilization of credit, widen the gender gap in entrepreneurship, and diminish potential economic growth.

Keywords: Abortions, Reproductive Rights, Entrepreneurship, Credit, Capital, Gender Gap, TRAP Laws

Suggested Citation

Zandberg, Jonathan, Reproductive Rights and Women's Access to Capital (November 5, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3727553 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3727553

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