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Are Female Supervisors More Female-Friendly?

  • Bednar, Steven


    (Elon University)

  • Gicheva, Dora


    (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics)

We introduce the idea that easily inferable demographic characteristics such as gender may not be sufficient to define type in the supervisor-employee mentoring relationship. We use longitudinal data on athletic directors at NCAA Division I programs to identify through observed mobility the propensity of top-level administrators to hire and retain female head coaches, above and beyond an organization’s culture. We show that supervisor gender appears to be unrelated to female friendliness in this setting. Overall, our findings indicate that more focus should be placed on the more complex manager type defined by attitudes in addition to attributes.

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Paper provided by University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 14-1.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: 28 Feb 2014
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Handle: RePEc:ris:uncgec:2014_001
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