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Managers’ Political Ideology and Gender Inequality within Organizations


Seth Carnahan


University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Brad N. Greenwood


Temple University - Department of Management Information Systems

January 25, 2016


Abstract:     
Although prior research provides significant evidence that political ideology (i.e. liberal or conservative) can influence an individual’s views about gender roles in economic life, little is known about whether these views influence organizations. In this work, we theorize as to why conservative (liberal) managers may have higher (lower) rates of gender inequality in the training, promotion, and turnover of their subordinates, relative to moderate managers. We further theorize that conservative (liberal) managers will be less (more) likely to lead their firm’s diversity initiatives, relative to moderate managers. Using novel microdata from the legal services industry, we find support for the majority of our arguments. We discuss the implications of our theory and findings for individual careers and firm performance.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 41

Keywords: Gender, inequality, employment relation, labor markets


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Date posted: January 26, 2016  

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Carnahan, Seth and Greenwood, Brad N., Managers’ Political Ideology and Gender Inequality within Organizations (January 25, 2016). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2721979 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2721979

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Seth Carnahan
University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business ( email )
701 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI MI 48109
United States
Brad N. Greenwood (Contact Author)
Temple University - Department of Management Information Systems ( email )
1810 N. 13th Street
Floor 2
Philadelphia, PA 19128
United States

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