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Project Proposal

Gender Gaps

Gisella Kagy (Economics)

Project Description

This project will investigate differences in firm outcomes (profits, sales etc.) by the gender of the firm owner. We will be analyzing data and reading papers from all over the world, but will have a particular focus on low-income countries.

This project will achieve four primary goals: 1) Improve understanding of the global business and policy environment for women-owned enterprises; 2) Increase the knowledge of facts, trends, and predictors of the gender profit gap at the global level; 3) Synthesize existing research and evidence on gender gaps in entrepreneurship and enterprise performance; and 4) Deeply explore the gender profitability gap in Ethiopia.

This work is part of a larger collaborative project with the Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA) from Ethiopia, New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) from the United Arab Emirates, Vassar College from the United States, and College of Development Studies (CoDS) of Addis Ababa University (AA) from Ethiopia.

Anticipated Project Activities

Activities for this project will fall into two major categories. One will include reading academic and policy papers about women-owned enterprises and summarizing and collating information. Second, we will use statistical software to analyze data. We will create summary statistics tables and figures to convey information about differences in firm performance by gender for different countries.

Preferred Student Qualifications and Skills

Preferred student skills include: strong organizational skills, proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Some familiarity of programming languages (R, python, Stata etc.) is preferred but not required. Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply (particularly those that know Spanish, Hindi, Hausa, Bengali, Modern Standard Arabic).

Anticipated Follow-up Teaching/Professional Activity for Student

The student(s) will be given the opportunity to guest lecture for my Development Economics course (Fall 2021), explaining this study and presenting our findings. They will also be asked to create an assignment for students that is based on the data used in this research. Thus, the student will gain teaching experience in a multitude of ways (lecture and assignment building).

Project Location

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY—In Person. I plan on being on campus in person all summer. If the student is remote that is okay, but if possible they can also be in person.

Project Duration

Eight weeks

Project Start Date

June 7, 2021

Project End Date

July 31, 2021