The glass border: Gender and exporting in developing countries

Davies, Ronald B. and Mazhikeyev, Arman (2021) The glass border: Gender and exporting in developing countries. The World Economy, 44 (4). pp. 879-903. ISSN 0378-5920

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Using firm-level data across 80 developing and transition economies, we explore the productivity differences between firms depending on their export status and the gender composition of their leadership. We find that for small- and medium-sized firms where leaders are arguably involved in ‘on the ground’ activities, female-led exporters have an exporter productivity premium three times that of comparable male firms. This suggests they face greater export barriers. For larger firms, we find the opposite, suggesting that large, female-led firms experience more difficulties in gaining via learning by exporting. Together, these point to significant concerns female firms face when exporting.

Keywords:Gender, Productivity, surveys, gender executive
Subjects:L Social studies > L100 Economics
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:46633
Deposited On:26 Oct 2022 14:49

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