The Effect of Female Leadership on Contracting from Capitol Hill to Main Street

80 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2020 Last revised: 16 Feb 2024

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Jonathan Brogaard

University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business

Nataliya Gerasimova

BI Norwegian Business School

Maximilian Rohrer

NHH - Norwegian School of Economics

Date Written: April 5, 2022

Abstract

This paper provides novel evidence that female politicians increase the proportion of US government procurement contracts allocated to women-owned firms. For identification, we use a regression discontinuity design on a sample of mixed-gender elections in the US House of Representatives. The effect grows over a female representative’s tenure and concentrates in female representatives who are on powerful congressional committees. Changes in the pool of and behavior by government contractors cannot explain the result. The more gender-balanced representation in government contracting is not associated with economic costs.

Keywords: Small Business, Women-Owned Firms, Government Procurement Contracts, Female Politicians, Gender Gap

JEL Classification: D72, J16, J71, G38, H57, L26

Suggested Citation

Brogaard, Jonathan and Gerasimova, Nataliya and Rohrer, Maximilian, The Effect of Female Leadership on Contracting from Capitol Hill to Main Street (April 5, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3624880 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3624880

Jonathan Brogaard

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Nataliya Gerasimova

BI Norwegian Business School ( email )

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Maximilian Rohrer (Contact Author)

NHH - Norwegian School of Economics ( email )

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