Women entrepreneurs in rural Greece: do they come from the same “neck of the woods”? Locals, daughters-in-law and urban-newcomers
New Medit, Vol 11, n. 2, (June 2012), pp. 58-64
Jel classifications: Q18, J16
The purpose of this paper is to investigate the heterogeneity of women entrepreneurs in rural areas involved in the secondary and tertiary sector according to their bonds and connections to the local society and the local economy. Drawing on empirical data, we try to answer the following questions: Do women entrepreneurs in rural areas come from the same “neck of the woods”? Do they live permanently there? How are their businesses embedded in the local economy? A representative sample of 516 women entrepreneurs was chosen in a study area of five different regions in Northern Greece, illustrating a range of geographical profile and orientation of the local economy. Findings, according to the Two Step Cluster Analysis, reveal a mosaic of women entrepreneurs designated in types: the Locals, the Daughters-in-law and the Urban-newcomers with different bonds to the local society but the same business profile.
rural labour, women entrepreneurs, Greece