Do Retail Firms Favor Female Managers? Evidence from Survey Data in Developing Countries

15 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2013

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Mohammad Amin

World Bank - Enterprise Analysis Unit

Asif Islam

World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC)

Date Written: June 16, 2013

Abstract

Using firm-level data for 87 developing countries, the paper analyzes how the likelihood of a firm having female vs. male top manager varies across sectors. The service sector is often considered to be more favorable towards women compared with men vis-à-vis the manufacturing sector. While our results confirm a significantly higher presence of female managers in services vs. manufacturing, the result is entirely driven by the retail firms with little contribution from other service sectors such as wholesale, construction and other services. We also find that the higher presence of female managers in the retail sector vs. manufacturing is much higher among the relatively small firms and firms located in the relatively small cities. We argue that our results have important policy implications.

Suggested Citation

Amin, Mohammad and Islam, Asif Mohammed, Do Retail Firms Favor Female Managers? Evidence from Survey Data in Developing Countries (June 16, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2280005 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2280005

Mohammad Amin

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