The Confined Intention: The Reverse Gender Gap in Corporate Environmental Governance in China

28 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2019

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Zhang Tuo

Kyoto University, Graduate School of Economics

Feng Han

Nanning Normal University

Xiaojun Yang

School of Public Policy and Administration, Xi’an Jiaotong University

Date Written: June 15, 2019

Abstract

Former literature finds that women managers play unique roles in environmental governance in OECD countries. However, little evidence was found in developing countries. This study employs a sample of 4150 Chinese private firms to empirically investigate on the gender gaps in corporate environmental performance in China. Based on the Tobit approach, our findings challenge the former literature that female entrepreneurs outperform their male counterparts in environmental governance. Further analysis through Mediating Model provides robust evidences that due to bank discrimination, female entrepreneurs often have limited access to bank finance, which confines their capabilities to invest in environmental projects. Our work sheds new lights and provides significant policy implications on the pro-environmental behaviors of female entrepreneurs that, despite of higher level of environmental awareness, female entrepreneurs should get support for their pro-environmental behaviors in the case of gender discrimination.

Keywords: Bank discrimination, Environmental Investments, Mediation Effects

JEL Classification: D12, M31, C25

Suggested Citation

Tuo, Zhang and Han, Feng and Yang, Xiaojun, The Confined Intention: The Reverse Gender Gap in Corporate Environmental Governance in China (June 15, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3404428 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3404428

Zhang Tuo (Contact Author)

Kyoto University, Graduate School of Economics ( email )

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Feng Han

Nanning Normal University ( email )

Xiaojun Yang

School of Public Policy and Administration, Xi’an Jiaotong University ( email )

28号 Xianning West Rd
Beilin, Xi'an, Shaanxi, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province 710049
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