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Chipping Away at the Glass Ceiling: Gender Spillovers in Corporate Leadership


David A. Matsa


Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Amalia R. Miller


University of Virginia - Department of Economics

January 20, 2011

RAND Working Paper No. WR-842

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This paper examines the role of women helping women in corporate America. Using a merged panel of directors and executives for large U.S. corporations between 1997 and 2009, the authors find a positive association between the female share of the board of directors in the previous year and the female share among current top executives. The relationship’s timing suggests that causality runs from boards to managers and not the reverse. This pattern of women helping women at the highest levels of firm leadership highlights the continued importance of a demand-side “glass ceiling” in explaining the slow progress of women in business.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 13

JEL Classification: G34, M51, J16, J71

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Date posted: April 3, 2011  

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Matsa, David A. and Miller, Amalia R., Chipping Away at the Glass Ceiling: Gender Spillovers in Corporate Leadership (January 20, 2011). RAND Working Paper No. WR-842. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1799575 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1799575

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David A. Matsa (Contact Author)
Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management ( email )
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Amalia R. Miller
University of Virginia (UVA) - Department of Economics ( email )
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Charlottesville, VA 22904-4182
United States
HOME PAGE: http://people.virginia.edu/~am5by/
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