Biases and debiasing in bank lending decisions to nascent entrepreneurs - an experimental study
by Jutta Wollersheim; Christoph Döbrich; Matthias Spörrle; Isabell M. Welpe
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (IJESB), Vol. 20, No. 4, 2013

Abstract: This paper is the first to explore the impact of banking professionals' and entrepreneurs' gender and debiasing interventions on bank lending decisions to nascent entrepreneurs. By means of a 2 × 2 × 2 between-participants questionnaire experiment (N = 168), we examined the potential effects of the banking professional's gender, the entrepreneur's gender, and a debiasing intervention that is widely, if implicitly, used in organisations on the outcome of the credit approval process. We observed a significant gender by gender by debiasing three-way interaction indicating that male banking professionals were neither influenced in their judgement by the entrepreneur's gender, nor by the presence of debiasing, whereas female participants, under the condition of debiasing, favoured male and significantly disadvantaged female entrepreneurs.

Online publication date: Wed, 16-Oct-2013

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