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Political reservations and women's entrepreneurship in India
 
Author:Ghani, Ejaz; Kerr, William R.; O'Connell, Stephen D.; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6307
Country:India; Date Stored:2013/02/13
Document Date:2013/01/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Access to Finance; Water and Industry; Gender and Health; Gender and Law; Gender and DevelopmentLanguage:English
Region:South AsiaReport Number:WPS6307
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: This paper quantifies the link between the timing of state-level implementations of political reservations for women in India with the role of women in India's manufacturing sector. While overall employment of women in manufacturing does not increase after the reforms, there is significant evidence that more women-owned establishments were created in the unorganized/informal sector. These new establishments were concentrated in industries where women entrepreneurs have been traditionally active and the entry was mainly found among household-based establishments. The paper measures and discusses the extent to which this heightened entrepreneurship is due to channels like greater finance access or heightened inspiration for women entrepreneurs.

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