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

  • Nina Smith

    (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business)

  • Valdemar Smith

    (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business)

  • Mette Verner

    (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business)

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 University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Centre for Industrial Economics in its series CIE Discussion Papers with number 2005-03.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2005
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuieci:2005-03
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  2. 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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