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Female Leadership and Gender Equity: Evidence from Plant Closure

46 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2011 Last revised: 5 Sep 2013

Geoffrey A. Tate

University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Liu Yang

University of Maryland, R. H. Smith School of Business

Date Written: August 31, 2013

Abstract

We use unique worker-plant matched panel data to measure differences in wage changes experienced by workers displaced from closing plants. We observe larger losses among women than men, comparing workers who move from the same closing plant to the same new firm. However, we find a significantly smaller gap in hiring firms with female leadership. The results are strongest among women who are displaced from male-led plants and from less competitive industries. Our results suggest an important externality to having women in leadership positions: they cultivate more female-friendly cultures inside their firms.

Keywords: Corporate Culture, Managerial Style, Female Leadership, Gender Wage Gap

JEL Classification: G02, J16, J31, J71, M54

Suggested Citation

Tate, Geoffrey A. and Yang, Liu, Female Leadership and Gender Equity: Evidence from Plant Closure (August 31, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1905100 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1905100

Geoffrey A. Tate

University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Liu A. Yang (Contact Author)

University of Maryland, R. H. Smith School of Business ( email )

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R.H.Smith School of Business
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United States
3014058794 (Phone)

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