Self-employed nicaraguan women under neoliberalism: Characteristics and determinants

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This paper explores the characteristics and determinants of self-employed women in Nicaragua during the neoliberal period of the 1990s. The labor market outcomes of women (self-employed, waged and salaried) are analyzed utilizing micro data from the 1998 and 1993 Nicaraguan Living Standards Measurement Surveys. The empirical results derived from the usage of a switching regression choice model suggest that work experience is the major determinant of self-employment. Experience, marriage and residence in the southern region are critical and significant elements of the self-employment decision. Mixed findings are reported for sectoral selection, suggesting that the self-employed may alternate back and forth between sectors with the highest returns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-97
Number of pages17
JournalLatin American Business Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006


  • Neoliberalism
  • Nicaragua
  • Self-employment
  • Women


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