shares of numbers of firms with shares of business receipts for women-owned businesses. The marketplace ratios were then compared with the federal contracting disparity ratios. Women-owned small businesses were underrepresented in the private market as well, but not as much as in the government market, a finding that CAWBO believes supports the conclusion that capable women-owned small businesses are not being well used in federal contracting. This and the other analyses summarized in the CAWBO document indicate the hard work that the analysts put into the study. The analyses would be more useful and convincing if the detailed results were provided, as was done in the Urban Institute meta-analysis. Our recommendations regarding the CAWBO study and the development of disparity ratios to respond to the SBA’s congressional mandate are presented in Chapter 6.



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