Reproductive Rights and Women's Access to Capital
58 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2021 Last revised: 16 Jan 2021
Date Written: November 5, 2020
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
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