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Women on Boards in Italy


  • Magda Bianco

    () (Banca d’Italia)

  • Angela Ciavarella

    () (Consob)

  • Rossella Signoretti

    () (Consob)


Female presence still concerns the minority of companies and a small number of women; female directorship is associated to some characteristics of firms and of women themselves, depending in particular on whether they have family links with controlling agents. Two very different models emerge. On the one hand, family-affiliated women are more present in smaller companies, with a concentrated ownership, in the consumers sector. On the other hand, not-affiliated women are more common in widely held companies or in firms owned by a foreign shareholder, in the high technology sector, and in companies with younger and more independent boards.

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  • Magda Bianco & Angela Ciavarella & Rossella Signoretti, 2012. "Women on Boards in Italy," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, issue 2, pages 19-51, April-Jun.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:y:2012:i:2:p:19-51

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    gender diversity; corporate governance; board of directors;

    JEL classification:

    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation


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