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Agenda and Presentation Materials: Female Entrepreneurship



First day – June 2nd 

Conference on Female Entrepreneurship – Agenda

8:30 – 9:30

Breakfast and Registration

9:30 – 9:45



Otaviano Canuto, Vice President, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network, World Bank

Jan Svejnar, University of Michigan

9:45 – 11:30

Session One Presentations:

Chair: Jan Svejnar

1. “Jump-starting self-employment? Evidence for welfare participants in Argentina” [Presentation 277KB | Paper  277KB ]

Rita Almeida, Social Protection Team, World Bank and Emanuela Galasso, Development Research Group, World Bank

Discussant:  Maria Beatriz Orlando, Poverty Sector, World Bank

2. “Expanding Access to Finance and Entrepreneurial Activity: Evidence from Mexico” [Presentation 855KB | Paper 968KB]

Inessa Love, Development Research Group, World Bank, and Miriam Bruhn, Development Research Group, World Bank

Discussant:  Claudia Piras, Gender and Development Specialist, Interamerican Development Bank

11:30 – 11:45

Coffee Break

11:45 – 1:30

Panel Discussion

Chair: Astrid Pregel, Senior Advisor Woman and Economic Prosperity


Marty Chen, International Coordinator of WIEGO, Harvard Kennedy School [Presentation 98KB]

John Haltiwanger, University of Maryland

Jan Svejnar, University of Michigan

Simon Parker, University of Western Ontario

1:30 – 2:30


2:30 – 4:15

Session Two Presentations:

Chair: Katherine Terrell

1. “Do Bad Istitutions Have a Greater Effect on Female Entrepreneurs?”  [Presentation 700KB | Paper 400KB]

Saul Estrin, London School of Economics and Tomasz Michiewicz, University College London

Discussant:  Leora Klapper,  Development Research Group, World Bank

2. "Human Capital, Gender, and Entrepreneurial Success: Empirical Evidence from China and Germany"  [Presentation 517KB | Paper 130KB]

Nina Rosenbusch, Friedrich Schiller University, Andreas Rauch, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University,

Simon C. Parker, University of Western Ontario, Jens M. Unger, Justus Liebig University

Discussant:  Paul Cichello, Poverty Reduction Group, World Bank

4:15 – 4:30

Coffee Break

4:30 – 6:30

Session Three Presentations:

Chair: Simon Parker

1. “How do Female Entrepreneurs Perform? Evidence from Three Developing Regions”  [Presentation 1,081KB | Paper 258KB]

Shwetlena Sabarwal, Gender and Development, World Bank

Katherine Terrell, University of Michigan, Elena Bardasi, Gender and Development, World Bank

Discussant:  John E. Jackson, Dept. of Political Science and International Policy Center, University of Michigan

2. “Whose Business Is It?  Gender and Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa”  [Presentation 153KB| Paper 127KB]

Mary Hallward-Driemeier, Research Department, World Bank and Manju Shah, Development Research Group, World Bank

Discussant:  Louise Fox, African Dept. Poverty Reduction, World Bank

7:00 – 9:00

Dinner Reception


Second day – June 3rd

8:30 – 9:00


9:00 – 11:00

Session Four Presentations:

Chair: Mary Hallward-Driemeir

1. “Are Women More Credit Constrained? Experimental Evidence on Gender and Microenterprise Returns”  [Presentation 3,120KB | Paper  234KB]

David McKenzie, Development Research Group, World Bank, Suresh de Mel, University of Peradeniya, Christopher Woodruff, University of California San Diego

Discussant:  Dominique Van de Walle, Gender and Development, World Bank

2. “Self-Employment in Household Enterprises and Access to Credit: Gender Differences during India’s Rural Banking Reform”   [Presentation  201KB | Paper  352KB]

Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, Rutgers University, and Nidhiya Menon, Brandeis University

Discussant:  Ghazala Mansuri, Development Research Group, World Bank

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 1:15

Session Five  Presentations:

Chair: Elena Bardasi

1. “The Influence of Spouse on the Transition to Self-Employment”      [Presentation  2,220KB | Paper  793KB]

Berkay Ozcan
, Yale University
[Paper 810KB]

Discussant:  Mario Macis, Ross School of Business, Univ. of Michigan

2. “Distress Work amongst Woman? The Dynamics of labor supply in developing countries”  [Paper  265KB]

Marcela Umana-Aponte
, University of Bristol and Sonia Bhalotra, University of Bristol

Discussant:  David Newhouse, Social Protection Team, World Bank

1:15 – 1:30

Closing Remarks

1:30 – 3:00

Women's Economic Opportunities Index (EIU/WBG) 

Speaker: Leo Abbruzese, Editorial Director, Economist Intelligence Unit
Discussant: Amanda Ellis, Gender and Development, World Bank

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