Lunch Briefing

Tuesday 05 March 2019, 12:30 - 13:30

Women Businesses in Developing Countries

Lore Vandewalle, Associate Professor of International Economics and Pictet Chair for Finance and Development

Auditorium A1A
Maison de la paix, Genève

A large number of studies have demonstrated that microenterprises with a female owner have lower returns to capital than enterprises with a male owner in developing countries. Does it mean that men have better managerial skills and that business development interventions should focus on men rather than women? Or, are there other explanations behind this phenomenon that call for a different approach?

Lore Vandewalle is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics where she holds the Pictet Chair for Finance and Development. Previously, she was part-time Senior Researcher at the University of Oslo. She obtained her PhD from the University of Namur in Belgium in 2011. An applied micro-economist, specialised in development and political economics, Professor Vandewalle’s research mainly focuses on financial inclusion and micro-enterprise development in India, Bangladesh and Uganda. She also has recent work on political reservations and the provision of public goods in India.