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Constraints to female entrepreneurship in Pakistan: the role of women’s goals and aspirations

We are running a field experiment with female entrepreneurs who have all borrowed from a microfinance organization in Punjab, Pakistan. We test whether an intervention that exposes women to successful role models, and encourages goal setting, planning and the overcoming of obstacles can foster investments in higher-return activities. Moreover, we also study whether intrahousehold dynamics and social constraints interact with this treatment by cross randomizing this intervention with the presence of the spouse. Through a phone survey we want to understand the impact of the crisis on women’s businesses, time use and well-being and if there are any differential impacts due to the crisis.

Lead investigator:

Giovanna D'Adda


University of Milan

Primary topic:

Business, big & small

Secondary topic:

Families & households

Region of data collection:

Asia and Oceania

Country of data collection


Status of data collection


Type of data being collected:

Phone survey

Unit of real-time data collection