Sex differences and small-business performance among Canadian retailers and service providers

This paper examines the extent to which there are sex differences in the experience, education, and motivation of small Canadian retailers and service providers. It explores the manner in which observed differences relate to business performance. The paper suggests that the explanatory power is not strong among those variables commonly considered to account for differences in the performance of men’s vs. women’s firms. It indicates that other factors must be sought to account for performance differentials.

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