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Do Women in Top Management Affect Firm Performance? A Panel Study of 2500 Danish Firms

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  • Smith, Nina

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    (Aarhus University)

  • Smith, Valdemar

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    (Aarhus School of Business)

  • Verner, Mette

    ()
    (Danish School of Media and Journalism)

Abstract

Corporate governance literature argues that board diversity is potentially positively related to firm performance. This study examines the relationship in the case of women in top executive jobs and on boards of directors. We use data for the 2500 largest Danish firms observed during the period 1993-­2001 and find that the proportion of women in top management jobs tends to have positive effects on firm performance, even after controlling for numerous characteristics of the firm and direction of causality. The results show that the positive effects of women in top management depend on the qualifications of female top managers.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1708.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2005
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Publication status: published in: International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, 2006, 55 (7), 569 - 593
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1708

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Keywords: female CEOs; firm performance; gender diversity; board diversity;

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  1. Morten Bennedsen & Kasper Nielsen & Francisco Pérez-González & Daniel Wolfenzon, 2005. "Inside the Family Firm: The Role of Families in Succession Decisions and Performance," CIE Discussion Papers 2005-13, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Centre for Industrial Economics, revised Sep 2005.
  2. Henrekson, Magnus & Du Rietz, Anita, 1999. "Testing the Female Underperformance Hypothesis," Working Paper Series 521, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
  3. Bell, Linda A., 2005. "Women-Led Firms and the Gender Gap in Top Executive Jobs," IZA Discussion Papers 1689, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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