More than Words: Do Gendered Linguistic Structures Widen the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurial Activity?

Diana Hechavarria, Siri Terjesen, Pekka Stenholm, Malin Brännback, Stefan Lång

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Leveraging linguistic relativity theory which suggests that language systems structure thought and action, we investigate the relationship between gendered linguistic structures and the persistent gender gap in early-stage entrepreneurial activity. We use country-level data compiled from 105 countries in 2001-2015 with 55 different languages, and incorporate 32 controls covering a broad range of factors previously associated with entrepreneurial activity. We find that in countries where the dominant language’s structure incorporates sex-based systems and gendered pronouns, there is a greater gap in entrepreneurial activity. Our results suggest that gendered linguistic structures reinforce gender stereotypes and discourage women’s entry into entrepreneurship.
OriginalspråkEngelska
Sidor (från-till)797-817
Antal sidor21
TidskriftEntrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Volym42
Utgåva5
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 2018
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad

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