Definitions matter: measuring gender gaps in firms' access to credit

Produced by: 
Money and Finance Research Group(MoFiR)
Available from: 
October 2013
Paper author(s): 
Claudia Piras (IDB)
Andrea F. Presbitero (IMF)
Roberta Rabellotti (Universita’ di Pavia)
Topic: 
Gender Economics
Year: 
2013

Standards measures of female ownership and management of firms included in the World Bank Enterprise Survey do not support the existence of a gender gap in access to finance in the Latin American and Caribbean region. Nonetheless, more precise measures show that women-led businesses are more likely to be financially constrained than other comparable firms. The evidence presented herein suggests that this gender gap may be driven by taste-based discrimination. This paper exploits a rich dataset that provides detailed information about female ownership and management in firms, allowing for further understanding of gender gaps in access to finance.

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