Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International and Development Economics


College of Arts and Sciences



First Advisor

Alessandra Cassar


Gender gaps in entrepreneurship are a major problem everywhere, but especially in developing countries like Nigeria. Women across the world face high levels of discrimination and abuse. The process of empowering women in a society has the potential to boost economic growth and development. Inspired by the success of the Family Independence Initiative (FII), we designed a field experiment to estimate the impact of using monetary incentives to motivate female entrepreneurs in achieving their goals in collaboration with the National Center for Women Development (NCWD) in Abuja, Nigeria. Our results suggest that being in a peer support group, setting a goal and being issued cash reward does not increase a subject’s probability of achieving a selected business goal.