Is there an employee-based gender gap in informal financial markets? International evidence

Jiafu An

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    Abstract

    We study the impact of female production workers on firms’ access to trade credits across the world. Using two sources of plausibly exogenous variations in gender bias and a difference-indifferences framework, we document that firms with more female production workers have less access to trade credits in countries with stronger gender beliefs that favor males. This relationship is largely driven by firms in industries with unexpected credit shortages and industries dominated by males. Since female firms rely more on informal finance, this study is relevant for policies that direct female firms towards formal credit markets in highly gender-biased places.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number101737
    Number of pages25
    JournalJournal of Corporate Finance
    Volume65
    Early online date16 Sep 2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

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