Female entrepreneurship, access to credit, and firms' performance in Senegal


Using firm-level data and a series of microeconomic analytical techniques, this team of local researchers - selected for support under the PAGE initiative in 2014 - seek to assess whether female entrepreneurs face discrimination in credit access in Senegal, and how it may affect firms’ performance. If the researchers find no evidence to support the common wisdom that women are discriminated in the credit market, their results however do not call for the abandonment of public policies aimed at promoting women’s access to credit and entrepreneurship, but rather suggest they be grounded on more robust footings such as managers’ education, firms’ ownership, sectoral activities with respect to capital intensity, and geographical locations. Find out more about the methods, findings and ensued policy recommendations from this study through the following PEP publications:

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