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Doubly disadvantaged: gender, spatially concentrated deprivation and nascent entrepreneurial activity

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Drawing on human capital, intersectionality and mixed embeddedness theory, we test hypotheses on the relationship between gender differences in human capital and gender differences in nascent entrepreneurial activity across geographical space, and the moderating effect of spatially concentrated deprivation on this relationship. Using UK data from Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, we find that the disadvantaged position of female nascent entrepreneurs arises from social exclusion, and specifically that the gender differences in nascent entrepreneurial activity are directly related to differences in general and specific human capital across locales. Moreover, in deprived locations, women as a group do not gain from any human capital advantage they might have over men, causing a double disadvantage for women. Our results make a novel contribution to the literature on disadvantage entrepreneurship, and we discuss policy options to tackle double disadvantage in deprived locales.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Management Review
Early online date2 Dec 2019
Publication statusEarly online - 2 Dec 2019


  • MURZACHEVA _2019_cright_EMR_Doubly Disadvantaged - Gender, Community Deprivation and Entrepreneurial Activity

    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Murzacheva, E., Sahasranamam, S., and Levie, J. ( 2019) Doubly Disadvantaged: Gender, Spatially Concentrated Deprivation and Nascent Entrepreneurial Activity. European Management Review, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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