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The behavioural foundations of female entrepreneurship: what can experiments teach us?

Della Giusta, Marina and Clot, Sophie and Razzu, Giovanni (2019): The behavioural foundations of female entrepreneurship: what can experiments teach us?

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Abstract

We bridge the women entrepreneurship literature with the experimental economics literature on gender, with the aim to contribute a different perspective on the barriers and opportunities for women entrepreneurs, and one that we hope can help both fields by questioning some of the implicit assumptions that are often made (and used in policy) about the reasons for the differences observed between male and female headed businesses. In the course of the discussion we also revisit the definition of entrepreneur and the role of risk aversion in both neoclassical theory and in the identity perspective and draw implications in the context of the digital age and its potential to level the playing field between women and men in business venture.

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