Development of Women Entrepreneurship in Asian Developing Countries

Author: Tulus Tambunan

Date of Publication: 2009-02-04


With limited data and information, this paper tries to examine recent developments of women entrepreneurship in Asian developing countries. Since there are no data available on women entrepreneurs in large enterprises (LEs), this paper focuses on women entrepreneurs in SME. It identifies three main important facts. First, SMEs are of overwhelming importance in the region, as they account, on average per country, for more than 95% of all firms in all sectors. Second,the representation of women entrepreneurs is still relatively low which can be attributed to factors such as low level of education, lack of capital, and cultural or religious constraints. Third, most of women entrepreneurs in SMEs are from "forced" entrepreneurs seeking for better family incomes.

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