Gender equality in entrepreneurship in the Near and Middle East

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In this article we shed light on the determining factors affecting the development of female entrepreneurship in MENA countries. we overview social, legal and economic backgrounds and based on this review as well as our conducted studies, we draw a series of recommendations in order to overcome difficulties and foster female entrepreneurship in the region.

Mohsen Tavakoli is a research assistant and Ph.D. candidate. His major research interests lie in analysing the interplay between entrepreneurship development and entrepreneurship education, the internationalisation process of SMEs and health in the workplace.

Catherine Laffineur is an Associate Professor of Economics at University Côte d’Azur, specialising in labour economics, international economics and entrepreneurship. Her work has been published in academic journals such as Small Business Economics, Review of world Economics, and Annals of Economics and Statistics.

Alain Fayolle is a Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and the founder of the Entrepreneurship Research Centre at EM Lyon Business School, France. He received the 2013 European Entrepreneurship Education Award and was elected Chair of the AOM Entrepreneurship Division for the 2016-2017 academic year. In 2015, he was named a wilford L. white Fellow by the International Council for Small Business.

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