Business Advisory Services and Female Employment in an Extreme Institutional Context

Sofia Johan, Patricio Valenzuela*

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Publicly funded business advisory services face pressure to demonstrate value-added effects among their assisted firms. Our research aims to measure the effectiveness of a business advisory programme developed in a developed country and applied in an emerging economy with a male-dominated labour market. We also seek to determine the effects of increased professionalization resulting from advisory services. Comparing the business advisory services of a publicly funded organization with those of a matched sample, we observe an overall positive effect on job creation; however, this employment growth benefits males at the expense of females. We also find a reduction in unpaid family work and an increase in formal, full-time employment but again, this professionalization and substitution effect mainly benefits male workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1082-1096
JournalBritish Journal of Management
Issue number4
Early online date12 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

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Funding Information
Phil Smith Center for Free Enterprise
Fondecyt Regular Project. Grant Number: 1200070
Embassy of the United States in Santiago, Chile
Institute for Research in Market Imperfections and Public Policy. Grant Number: ICM IS130002


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