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Contents

Chapter 3

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Starting a Business Entry Regulations The Gender Dimensions of Regulatory Burden and Informality Other Business Environment Issues Opportunities to Learn and Reform: Creating an Enabling Environment for Women-Led Businesses Notes References

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Going for Growth Trading across Borders The Role of Intermediary Institutions Business Development Services and Training Opportunities to Learn and Reform: Going to Scale References

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Index

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Boxes 2.1 2.2 3.1 3.2 3.3 4.1 4.2 4.3

Case Study Excerpt Case Study Excerpt Case Study Excerpt Economic Crisis, Informality, and the Vulnerability of Women Case Study Excerpt Country-Level Evidence on the Impact of Gender on International Trade Case Study Excerpt Connecting Women with International Markets: The International Trade Centre

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Poverty Headcount vs. Relative Female Human Development, 1997 Correlations between Ease of Doing Business and Women’s Economic Participation Global Correlation between Female Entrepreneurship and Employment, Selected East Asian and Pacific Economies Highlighted

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Economic Opportunities for Women in the East Asia and Pacific Region  
Economic Opportunities for Women in the East Asia and Pacific Region  

The East Asia and Pacific region has made great progress, relative to other regions, with regard to both economic development and, specifica...