Diversity, Social Goods Provision, and Performance in the Firm

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Sara Fisher Ellison

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Economics

Wallace P. Mullin

George Washington University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: Summer 2014

Abstract

Economists have studied the effect of diversity on the provision of social goods and the stock of social capital. In parallel, management scholars have studied the effect of diversity in the workplace on firm performance. We integrate these two growing literatures and explore these questions with a unique dataset. A firm provided eight years of individual‐level employee survey data, which include measures of the stock of social capital, plus office‐level measures of diversity and performance. We find some evidence that more gender‐homogeneous offices enjoy higher levels of social goods provision but those offices do not perform any better and may actually perform worse.

Suggested Citation

Fisher Ellison, Sara and Mullin, Wallace P., Diversity, Social Goods Provision, and Performance in the Firm (Summer 2014). Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Vol. 23, Issue 2, pp. 465-481, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2420617 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jems.12051

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