Regional Informal Institutions, Local Governance and Gendered Entrepreneurship

Bach Nguyen

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This study investigates the impacts of regional informal institutions and local governance arrangements on the revenue growth of both male- and female-run firms in Vietnam. Utilizing institutional theory and the literature on feminism, we argue that male- and female-run firms are responsive to different sets of institutions. Analysing more than 1.1 million observations in 11 years (2006–16), we find that female-run firms benefit from collective action norms and non-finance-related governance forces, while male-run firms perform better under pro-entrepreneurship norms and finance-related governance forces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1169-1181
Number of pages13
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number7
Early online date17 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

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  • Vietnam
  • collective action norms
  • institutional theory
  • local governance
  • pro-entrepreneurship norms


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