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CEO Gender, Corporate Risk-Taking, and the Efficiency of Capital Allocation


Mara Faccio


Purdue University - Krannert School of Management; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Maria-Teresa Marchica


University of Manchester - Manchester Business School

Roberto Mura


University of Manchester - Manchester Business School

June 19, 2015


Abstract:     
We extend the literature on how managerial traits relate to corporate choices by documenting that firms run by female CEOs have lower leverage, less volatile earnings, and a higher chance of survival than otherwise similar firms run by male CEOs. Additionally, transitions from male to female CEOs (or vice-versa) are associated with economically and statistically significant reductions (increases) in corporate risk-taking. The results are robust to controlling for the endogenous matching between firms and CEOs using a variety of econometric techniques. We further document that this risk-avoidance behavior appears to lead to distortions in the capital allocation process. These results have important macroeconomic implications for long-term economic growth.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 48

Keywords: CEO, gender, risk-taking

JEL Classification: G31, G32, J16


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Date posted: March 14, 2012 ; Last revised: June 19, 2015

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Faccio, Mara and Marchica, Maria-Teresa and Mura, Roberto, CEO Gender, Corporate Risk-Taking, and the Efficiency of Capital Allocation (June 19, 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2021136 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2021136

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Mara Faccio (Contact Author)
Purdue University - Krannert School of Management ( email )
1310 Krannert Building
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1310
United States
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
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London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
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Belgium
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Maria-Teresa Marchica
University of Manchester - Manchester Business School ( email )
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Manchester M13 9PL
United Kingdom
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+44(0)1612754023 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.personal.mbs.ac.uk/mmarchica/index.htm
Roberto Mura
University of Manchester - Manchester Business School ( email )
Crawford House
Oxford Road
Manchester, Lancashire M13 9PL
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 161 275 4023 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.robertomura.com
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