Director Characteristics, Gender Balance and Insolvency Risk: An Empirical Study

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Nick Wilson

University of Leeds - Credit Management Research Centre; University of Leeds - Division of Accounting and Finance

Ali Altanlar

University of Leeds - Credit Management Research Centre; University of Leeds - Division of Accounting and Finance

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Date Written: September 22, 2009

Abstract

This study examines the characteristics of the directors and owners of private companies in relation to insolvency risk, with a specific focus on the incidence and impact of female directors. We analyse data on over 900,000 limited companies in 2007-8 including over 17,000 that ceased trading due to insolvency. In the context of an enhanced failure prediction model, which controls for a wide range of company, industry characteristics and governance, we isolate the effects of having female directors on the likelihood of insolvency. The results provide compelling evidence of a relationship between the gender composition of directorships and insolvency risk.

Keywords: Board Diversity, Gender, Insolvency Risk

Suggested Citation

Wilson, Nicholas and Altanlar, Ali, Director Characteristics, Gender Balance and Insolvency Risk: An Empirical Study (September 22, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1932107 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1932107

Nicholas Wilson (Contact Author)

University of Leeds - Credit Management Research Centre ( email )

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University of Leeds - Division of Accounting and Finance ( email )

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Ali Altanlar

University of Leeds - Credit Management Research Centre ( email )

Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom
004478 1638 9654 (Phone)
004411 3384 5846 (Fax)

University of Leeds - Division of Accounting and Finance ( email )

Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

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