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Title Definitions Matter: Measuring Gender Gaps in Firms' Access to Credit
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
URL https://publications.iadb.org/bitstream/handle/11319/5802/Definitions Matter - Measuring Gender Gaps​in Firms' Access to Credit.pdf?sequence=1
Standards measures of female ownership and management of firms included in the World Bank
Enterprise Survey do not support the existence of a gender gap in access to finance in the Latin
American and Caribbean region. Nonetheless, more precise measures show that women-led businesses
are more likely to be financially constrained than other comparable firms. The evidence
presented herein suggests that this gender gap may be driven by taste-based discrimination.
This paper exploits a rich dataset that provides detailed information about female ownership
and management in firms, allowing for further understanding of gender gaps in access to finance.

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