Disabled people experience much lower labor market participation rates than the non-disabled worldwide. Entrepreneurship is a powerful tool against unemployment, especially for minority and marginalized groups. However, disabled people face specific entry barriers to entrepreneurship, among which the most important one is the lack of access to start-up capital. Despite the importance of the issue, there is a paucity of studies investigating why equity investors (e.g. business angels, venture capital investors) place disabled entrepreneurs at a disadvantage. In this research stream, we aim to better understand investors’ decision-making processes when they evaluate new ventures led by disabled entrepreneurs. We do this with a series of online, lab, and field experiments, employing novel neurophysiological measurements such as EEG and eye tracking.
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