Women’s entrepreneurship policy: a 13-nation cross-country comparison

Colette Henry, Barbara Orser, Susan Coleman, Lene Foss, Friederike Welter, Global Women's Entrepreneurship Policy (WEP) Project

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Public policy is a key element within the entrepreneurial ecosystem in that policy has the potential to shape venture creation behavior and entrepreneurial outcomes. In response to studies documenting a gender gap in entrepreneurial activity, government attention to women’s entrepreneurship has increased in the past two decades. Nevertheless, there are few cross-cultural studies to inform policy development. This 13-nation study draws on gender and institutional theory to report on the status of female-focused SME/entrepreneurship policies and to ask: How — and to what extent — do women’s entrepreneurship policies differ among countries? A common methodological approach is used to identify gaps in the policy-practice nexus, highlighting countries where policy is weak but practice is strong and vice versa. Recommendations for future research are advanced.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEntrepreneurial Ecosystems and Growth of Women’s Entrepreneurship
Subtitle of host publicationA Comparative Analysis
EditorsTatiana S. Manolova, Candida G. Brush, Linda F. Edelman, Alicia Robb, Friederike Welter
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
ISBN (Print)9781785364617
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2016


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