Does Gender Diversity in the Boardroom Improve Firm Performance?
AbstractThe purpose of this paper is to investigate whether increasing gender diversity on the board of directors improves firm perfomance, using a data-set of 20,487 limited companies in Sweden during 1997-2005. We use a random-effects random-coefficients model to account for unobserved firm heterogenity. More gender diversity in the boardroom is found to have a negative impact on returns on total assets after two years. Thus, legal requirements to increase gender diversity on the board of directors might carry a cost in lower profitability.
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board of directors; board diversity; corporate governance;
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