Friendship at work: Can peer effects catalyze female entrepreneurship?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Does the lack of peers contribute to the observed gender gap in entrepreneurial success? A random sample of customers of India's largest women's bank was offered two days of business counseling, and a random subsample was invited to attend with a friend. The intervention significantly increased participants' business activity, but only if they were trained with a friend. Those trained with a friend were more likely to have taken out business loans, were less likely to be housewives, and reported increased business activity and higher household income, with stronger impacts among women subject to social norms that restrict female mobility.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Field, E; Jayachandran, S; Pande, R; Rigol, N

Published Date

  • May 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 125 - 153

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1945-774X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1945-7731

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1257/pol.20140215

Citation Source

  • Scopus