The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) on Women's Entrepreneurship

  • Kaustav Misra Saginaw Valley State University
  • Ersa Memili University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Dianne Welsh University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Hanging (Chevy) Fang Mississippi State University


Women entrepreneurs around the world have increasingly contributed to innovation, employment, and wealth creation (Brush & Cooper, 2012; Brush, de Bruin, & Welter, 2009). Studies suggest that foreign direct investment can be an important determinant of entrepreneurship in general. However, the link between foreign ventures and women entrepreneurs remains under-researched. Therefore, we suggest that the presence of foreign ventures affects women's entrepreneurship. We develop and test our model on cross-sectional data encompassing 36 countries in 2006. The results show that foreign direct investment and women's entrepreneurship have an inverted u-shaped relationship. Implications for further research and public policy are discussed.


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How to Cite
MISRA, Kaustav et al. The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) on Women's Entrepreneurship. Journal of Small Business Strategy, [S.l.], v. 24, n. 1, p. 45-60, jan. 2014. ISSN 2380-1751. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 18 apr. 2019.