Title: Determinants of profitability of the microenterprises led by women micro entrepreneurs: evidence from Mumbai slums

Authors: Chandralekha Ghosh; Samapti Guha

Addresses: Department of Economics, West Bengal State University, Barasat, North 24 Pgs., West Bengal, India ' Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, School of Management and Labour Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, VN Purav Marg, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400088, India

Abstract: The main objective of the paper is to determine the factors affecting the profitability of the microenterprises (MEs) in the slums of Mumbai. The study is based on a primary survey of 275 micro entrepreneurs (Mes) operating from four different slums of Mumbai. In this study, with the help of generalised ordered logistic regression we have tried to identify the factors affecting the profit per revenue ranking of the microenterprises. It has been observed that age of the micro entrepreneur, place of operation of the micro entrepreneur, family structure of the entrepreneur, reason for starting the business are the main factors affecting the profit ranking of the entrepreneur.

Keywords: microenterprises; profitability determinants; Mumbai slums; woman entrepreneurs; female entrepreneurs; microentrepreneurs; entrepreneurship; India; age; place of operation; family structure; startup rationale.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2015.068631

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2015 Vol.24 No.4, pp.455 - 473

Received: 26 Feb 2014
Accepted: 26 Aug 2014

Published online: 16 Mar 2015 *

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