Development effectiveness and gender equality

There are fewer women entrepreneurs then men in OECD countries and women-owned enterprises have on average lower profits. This section looks at why there are fewer women entrepreneurs than men, the different reasons they have for starting a business, and the different skills they bring to the job. It also looks at the reasons why women-owned businesses have lower profits, and why self-employed women work less, and earn less, than self-employed men. It asks whether women find it harder to finance their business than men and have less innovative enterprises. Finally, it examines policies that support female entrepreneurs in micro- and small businesses – particularly in developing countries – by encouraging entrepreneurs to exit informality and by addressing their specific needs.?

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