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Economics: Small Businesses: Iran
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During the last decades, Iranian women's educational rate has increased greatly; at the beginning of the twenty-first century 75.2 percent of Iranian women are literate. The employment rate in formal sectors has not kept pace. Women's participation in the small business sector is in part a response to this disparity.

Small businesses constitute a major part of Iran's economy. Their contribution to GNP (gross national product) is low in comparison to other countries. For example, in Singapore 94 percen…

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Esfidani, Mohammad R. and Zarandi, Masoud Karami, “Economics: Small Businesses: Iran”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0244c>
First published online: 2009



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