Female immigrant entrepreneurship: A contextual approach

Imran Sarihasan, Ádám Novotny, Natanya Meyer, Domicián Máté

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This study examines the relationship between female entrepreneurship, immigrant entrepreneurship, and the entrepreneurial context. The primary objective is to investigate the extent to which the host country's entrepreneurial context accounts for differences in the start-up rates of immigrant entrepreneurs. The lack of research on immigrant entrepreneurship makes it challenging to capture changes in this phenomenon. A quantitative approach using Global Entrepreneurship Monitor data was adopted to determine the relationship between women's/men's entrepreneurship parity ratios and the degree of immigrant entrepreneurship in different countries. Linear regression (OLS) models showed that differences in female/male entrepreneurship indicators (fear of failure and early-stage entrepreneurship activity) significantly impacted the proportion of immigrant entrepreneurs in different countries. The findings suggest that immigrant women can considerably increase the proportion of new businesses in countries where women are more entrepreneurial. However, these new firms are more likely to be driven by necessity as opposed to opportunity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-363
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Externally publishedYes


  • Cross-country perspective
  • Entrepreneurial context
  • Female entrepreneurship
  • GEM.
  • Global Entrepreneurship Monitor
  • Immigrant entrepreneurship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics


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