Gender gaps and reentry into entrepreneurial ecosystems after business failure

Simmons, Sharon A. and Wiklund, Johan and Levie, Jonathan and Bradley, Steve W. and Sunny, Sanwar A. (2018) Gender gaps and reentry into entrepreneurial ecosystems after business failure. Small Business Economics. ISSN 0921-898X

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    Abstract

    Despite the significant role played by serial entrepreneurs in the entrepreneurial process, we know little about group differences in reentry decisions after business failure. Using an ecosystems framework and stigma theory, we investigate the variance in gender gaps related to the reentry decisions of 8,171 entrepreneurs from 35 countries who experienced business failures. We find evidence of persisting gender gaps that vary across ecosystem framework conditions of public stigma of business failure and public fear of business failure. Our findings shed new light on ecosystem inefficiencies that arise from multiple interactions between entrepreneurs and institutions.