Female entrepreneurship and participation rates in 19th century Chile

  • Bernardita Escobar Andrae Economics Department, Faculty of Economics and Enterprise, Universidad Diego Portales

Abstract

This article studies female participation rates as entrepreneurs during the 1877- 1908 period using data from the Santiago business license registry, census data and the trademark registry. The evidence reveals that business women in Santiago increased from 3 to 14 percent of the female labor force in the corresponding sectors analyzed during the period. The evidence shows women increasingly as business people: half of the economic sectors analyzed had female entrepreneurs while firms run by women increased from 13 to 20 percent in Santiago, but reached only 5 percent of national firms within the elite.
Keywords Female entrepreneurship, economic history, economic development, Chile in late 19th century
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Escobar Andrae, B. (2016). Female entrepreneurship and participation rates in 19th century Chile. Estudios de Economía, 42(2), pp. 67-91. Retrieved from https://estudiosdeeconomia.uchile.cl/index.php/EDE/article/view/38654/42991
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2016-01-22