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School of Business and Management

The effect of female directors on firm performance

7 December 2016

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Venue: 4.04/4.08 Bancroft Building


A number of studies have found little economic impact of board gender diversity on firm performance. Using information on the gender of CEOs children as a source of exogenous variation in female director appointments, we demonstrate robust positive and economically meaningful effects on firm performance of female representation in large European firms. While previous work has considered female representation broadly, we focus on membership of committees involved explicitly in firm governance. We demonstrate larger effects on performance of female representation on these decision making committees. Our evidence provides support for the economic rationale of female representation on corporate boards.

Guest Speakers

Professor Colin Green from Lancaster Management School.

The seminar will be hosted by Professor Almudena Sevilla, School of Business and Management, QMUL.


If you would like to attend the seminar, please email Alicia George:

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