Women and cars joys and sorrows? Female directors and firm performance in the Italian supply chain

Publication Type:

Conference Paper

Source:

Gerpisa colloquium, Paris (2019)

Keywords:

Firm Performance

Abstract:

A number of studies have found little economic impact of board gender diversity on firm performance. We return to this issue in the context of the automotive supply chain. Our contribution is twofold. First, using information on the gender of directors as a source of exogenous variation in female director appointments, we demonstrate a robust positive effect of female board representation on firm performance. Second, while previous work has considered female representation broadly, we focus on membership of board committees as a proxy for active involvement in corporate governance. We demonstrate economically meaningful positive effects on performance of female representation on board committees. Our evidence is supportive of an economic rationale for increased female representation on corporate boards.

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