Small Business Economics

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 329–346 | Cite as

Start-Up Capital: "Does Gender Matter?"

  • Ingrid Verheul
  • Roy Thurik

Abstract

Female and male entrepreneurs differ in the way they finance their businesses. This difference can be attributed to the type of business and the type of management and experience of the entrepreneur (indirect effect). Female start-ups may also experience specific barriers when trying to acquire start-up capital. These may be based upon discriminatory effects (direct effect). Whether gender has an impact on size and composition of start-up capital and in what way, is the subject of the present paper. The indirect effect is represented by the way women differ from men in terms of type of business and management and experience. The direct effect cannot be attributed to these differences and is called the gender effect. We use of a panel of 2000 Dutch starting entrepreneurs, of whom approximately 500 are female to test for these direct and indirect effects. The panel refers to the year 1994. We find that female entrepreneurs have a smaller amount of start-up capital, but that they do not differ significantly with respect to the type of capital. On average the proportion of equity and debt capital (bank loans) in the businesses of female entrepreneurs is the same as in those of their male counterparts.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingrid Verheul
    • 1
  • Roy Thurik
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Advanced Small Business Economics,Faculty of EconomicsErasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

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