Women, innovation and bribery: Evidence from Latin American small firms

Hewa Wellalage, Nirosha and Thrikawala, Sujani (2020) Women, innovation and bribery: Evidence from Latin American small firms. Doctoral Consortium, Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics (JCAE), Colombo, Sri Lanka, 3-5 January, 2020. (Unpublished)

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In this study, we examine whether bribes impair gender-based asymmetries in innovation in developing economies. Our study finds that there is no gender difference between bribes and firm-level innovation for small businesses. However, this effect is smaller for female-led firms. Males receiving on average a greater pay-off requires further exploration. Do females face greater difficulties with innovation or perhaps perceive corruption more negatively than males view the issues and thus engage less effectively? Our sample utilises 4618 MSMEs in Latin American countries. Using extended regression method we control non-random treatment effects, selection biases and endogenous effects of bribes on innovation. We observe that non-bribe-paying female-owned firms are approximately 0.41 percent less innovative than their non-bribe-paying male-owned counterparts are and approximately 8 percent less innovative than their bribe-paying female group. Bribe-paying firms owned by males are approximately 5 percent more innovative than bribe-paying female-owned counterparts and 13 percent more innovative than their non-bribe-paying male group. This raises interesting policy issues for those wishing to control bribes in relation to targeting, regulatory development, and economy impacts. At the practical level, for firms wishing to innovate how best to proceed in terms of maximum advantage for each peso of bribe paid becomes an interesting amoral exercise. The challenge emerging from our study is the interwoven relationship between successful innovation and successful bribery. Combating corruption may kill the golden goose.

Item Type:Paper presented at a conference, workshop, or other event which was not published in the proceedings
Keywords that describe the item:Women, Bribes, Innovations, Developing countries, Latin America, Extendede regression models
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Business, Information Technology and Enterprise > School of Business and Adminstration
ID Code:7403
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Deposited On:05 Nov 2020 05:45
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