Female Hires and the Success of Start-Up Firms

16 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2009

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Andrea Weber

Vienna University of Economics and Business; Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Christine Zulehner

University of Vienna - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Statistics; Télécom Paris; Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: November 1, 2009

Abstract

In this paper we investigate the relationship between females among the first hires of start-up companies and business success. Our results show that firms with female first hires have a higher share of female workers at the end of the first year after entry. Further, we find that firms with female first hires are more successful and stay longer in the market. We conclude that our results support the hypothesis that gender diversity in leading positions is an advantage for start-up firms.

Keywords: Firm survival, profitability, female employment, discrimination, market test, matched employer-employee data

JEL Classification: J16, J71, L25

Suggested Citation

Weber, Andrea Michaela and Zulehner, Christine, Female Hires and the Success of Start-Up Firms (November 1, 2009). Ruhr Economic Paper No. 151. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1514366 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1514366

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