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March 09, 2009

CALL FOR PAPERS: “Female Entrepreneurship: Constraints and Opportunities”

The Gender and Development unit in PREM, World Bank, in collaboration with the International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School, University of Michigan is organizing a Conference on “Female Entrepreneurship: Constraints and Opportunities.” to be held in Washington DC, at the World Bank Headquarters, on June 2-3, 2009.

The purpose of this conference is to examine the gender dimensions of entrepreneurial choice and performance. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the analysis of entrepreneurship and self-employment as an employment choice of men and women, different patterns of sectoral concentration by gender, differential access to credit and gender-specific business and institutional constraints, the determinants of performance of individuals and firms by gender, and gender patterns in investment decisions, business growth, export, innovation and R&D. We welcome papers that focus on formal firms as well as informal businesses, family firms, and individual self-employment. Preference will be given to papers on developing countries, however interesting and original research on developed countries will be given full consideration.

We invite submissions of papers and extended abstracts – extended abstract should be 500-600 words and should include a description of the data used, the methodology and preliminary findings. Deadline for submission is April 3, 2009. Please send your paper or extended abstract to cwe@worldbank.org. Questions may also be directed to this email address. Acceptance of the paper will be communicated by April 25, 2009.

One presenter for each accepted paper will receive funding for travel expenses and accommodation. There is no registration fee for participants to the conference, but registration is required by May 1st, 2009.

Scientific committee: Elena Bardasi (Gender and Development Unit, World Bank), Mary C. Hallward-Driemeier (Development Research Group, World Bank), Simon Parker (Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario), Jan Svejnar (Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan).

Information on the conference program and local details will be made available on the Gender and Development web site, http://www.worldbank.org/gender

Posted by zzhu at March 9, 2009 09:52 PM