Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Gender and Establishment Dynamics

This report examines the gender characteristics and business dynamics of establishments that were in operation as of 2002 for the 2002-2006 period.

This paper is the first to report matching data from the 2002 Survey of Business Owners (SBO) and the 1989-2006 Business Information Tracking Series (BITS) in an Advocacy publication series. The series focuses on business dynamics by gender, race/ethnicity, and business type (publicly held vs. non-publicly held businesses). Business owners’ gender, race or ethnic characteristics can be identified only for non-publicly held enterprises.

Employer establishments—establishments with paid employees—owned by women had higher closure rates and lower contraction rates than those owned by men or owned equally by men and women over the 2002-2006 period. The average four-year survival rate for all 2002 employer establishments was 70 percent; for female-owned, 66 percent; for male-owned, 72 percent; and for male and female equally owned, 69 percent. It is important to note that business births are not included in this data base since it focuses on the group of establishments that were already in existence in 2002. For related reasons, “survival rates” here cannot be compared with the survival rates of startup firms, since firms of all ages are included in the database.

The research summary can be found here.

Should you need further information, please feel free to contact Ying Lowrey at (202) 205-6533 or advocacy@sba.gov.


Self Sagacity said...

That's interesting findings. I guess what we can conclude regarding women versus men in business is the fact that females are usually more temperamental. Good read, thanks.

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