UC Blue Ash professor secures national fellowship

Grant to support research on barriers that limit female entrepreneurship

It is fitting that Sriparna Ghosh is receiving support for her research on female entrepreneurship from one of the world’s most established supporters of women’s education, the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Ghosh, PhD, is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College who focuses much of her research on female labor market outcomes. She recently learned that she is the recipient of a highly competitive American Fellowship from the AAUW, which was founded in 1881 and has awarded more than $115 million in fellowships and grants. 

Head shot photo of Sriparna Ghosh

Sriparna Ghosh, PhD, assistant professor of economics at UC Blue Ash.

“This means a lot to me. It’s an honor to receive this fellowship because this is not only a well-known national organization, but it has always supported women in pursuing higher education and advancing their career,” Ghosh said.

While there has been a lot of research into factors that explain why there is such a gap in the percentage of women entrepreneurs compared to males worldwide, most of the studies focus on regulatory barriers that exist for women in developing nations. Ghosh says there is still much to learn in understanding the relationship between regulatory environments and the performance of minority and women entrepreneurship in the United States.

“This research will fill these gaps by providing an in-depth analysis of state-level regulatory variations and women-entrepreneurial performance and will provide policy recommendations,” Ghosh said. “I will also look at the granularity at which women with different demographic characteristics – such as veterans, having a college degree, or belonging to different minority groups – get affected by various regulations.” 

It’s the type of research that could potentially make an impact and lead to change for female entrepreneurs across the U.S.

“We’re proud to support the work of these outstanding scholars,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW executive vice president and chief programs officer. “This year’s recipients are making valuable contributions in a wide range of fields, but with a common goal of improving life for all of us. We’re impressed by what these scholars are doing and excited about the great things they’ll accomplish throughout their research and careers.”

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