Politics and Gender in the Executive Suite

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Alma Cohen

Harvard Law School; Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Moshe Hazan

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

David Weiss

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics

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Date Written: March 2020

Abstract

We investigate whether CEOs' political preferences are associated with the prevalence and compensation of women among non-CEO top executives at U.S. public companies. We find that "Democratic" CEOs are associated with more women in the executive suite. To explore causality, we use an event study approach to show that replacing a Republican with a Democratic CEO increases female representation. Additionally, we discuss how the lack of an association between CEO political preferences and gender diversity in the boardroom influences our interpretation of these results. Finally, gender gaps in the level and performance-sensitivity of compensation diminish, or disappear, under Democratic CEOs.

Keywords: CEO Politics, Executive Suite, Gender diversity

JEL Classification: G30, J16, J30, J33, J71, K00, M12, M14, M51, M52

Suggested Citation

Cohen, Alma and Hazan, Moshe and Weiss, David, Politics and Gender in the Executive Suite (March 2020). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP14513. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3560321

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