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Mercedes Luque-Vílchez
Universidad de Córdoba - Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales
Pablo Rodríguez-Gutiérrez
Universidad de Córdoba - Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales
María Dolores Guerrero-Baena
Universidad de Córdoba - Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales
Vol 28 No 1 (2019), Articles, pages 1-12
Submitted: 13-07-2019 Accepted: 13-07-2019 Published: 12-09-2019
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This research, motivated by previous literature, aims to study the effect of the CEO's gender on the survival of SMEs in the Spanish agri-food sector over time. Spain has been chosen due to the fact that it is one of the countries with the highest survival rate of SMEs. To this end, an empirical analysis of the patterns of SMEs in the agri-food sector was carried out during the period 2000-2015. To do this, we followed the Kaplan-Meier method for a univariate analysis of survival, and a linear regression for multivariate analysis. The results reveal that SMEs in the agri-food sector are more likely to survive if they are run by women. In this sense, this research highlights the need to promote and develop policies and programs that encourage the participation of women in these types of positions of responsibility.

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