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.
|Title of host publication
|Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Growth of Women’s Entrepreneurship
|Subtitle of host publication
|A Comparative Analysis
|Tatiana S. Manolova, Candida G. Brush, Linda F. Edelman, Alicia Robb, Friederike Welter
|Edward Elgar Publishing
|Published - 30 Jun 2016