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Workforce Reductions at Women-Owned Businesses in the United States

51 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2011 Last revised: 16 Jul 2013

David A. Matsa

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Amalia R. Miller

University of Virginia - Department of Economics

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Date Written: July 10, 2013

Abstract

This paper finds that women-owned private firms were less likely than firms owned by men to downsize their workforces during the Great Recession. Year-to-year employment reductions were as much as 29 percent smaller at women-owned firms, even after controlling for industry, size, and profitability. Using data that allow us to control for additional detailed firm and owner characteristics, we also find that women-owned firms operated with greater labor intensity after the previous recession and were less likely to hire temporary or leased workers. These patterns extend previous findings associating female business leadership with increased labor hoarding.

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Matsa, David A. and Miller, Amalia R., Workforce Reductions at Women-Owned Businesses in the United States (July 10, 2013). Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1973762 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1973762

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