Female leadership and borrowing constraints: Evidence from an emerging economy

Anh Tuan Bui, Cuong Viet Nguyen, Thu Phuong Pham, Duc Tung Phung

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Abstract

This study investigates the differences in credit access between male-managed and female-managed firms using two Enterprise Censuses in Vietnam. Our findings reveal that women-managed firms are less likely to borrow from commercial banks than their male counterparts, even when controlling for other determinants such as CEO education and experience, firm size, and ownership. No difference in credit access is documented for firms borrowing from non-commercial banks. Once we control for firm characteristics and CEO demographic factors, approved loan size is higher for firms managed by female CEOs regardless of the borrowing source. Using decomposition analysis, we find firm size contributes most in explaining the difference in credit access between female and male-managed companies.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Review of Financial Analysis
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • CEO gender
  • Credit access
  • Vietnam

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