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María Paula Gerardino

Maria Paula Gerardino Gutierrez is a Senior Economist in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Maria Paula's work focuses on supporting the design and evaluation of projects, as well as conducting research and impact evaluations on different topics. Her current research focuses on issues related to gender gaps, access to credit for small and medium enterprises, productivity and labor markets. Maria Paula has a doctorate in economics from Pompeu Fabra University.

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Uncovering the Hidden Cost of Gender Biases in Lending to Women

Unconscious or not, gender biases leave millions of women on the sidelines of financial inclusion, and millions of dollars in foregone profits for banks on the table. Reducing gender bias in lending is key as the pandemic recedes, so that women-led businesses help to propel the recovery.