Locked-in at Home: Female Analysts' Attention at Work during the COVID-19 Pandemic

73 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2020 Last revised: 28 Mar 2021

Date Written: October 27, 2020

Abstract

This paper explores the shock of school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to study the effect of domestic responsibilities on analysts' attention at work. School closures significantly reduce the forecast timeliness of female analysts rather than that of male analysts. Using manually-collected data on whether analysts have children, I show that mothers are 20% less likely to issue timely forecasts after school closures. Professional women are more likely to get distracted from work by domestic duties, which makes it harder for them to be as successful as their male counterparts in competitive industries.

Keywords: Forecast timeliness, Analyst forecasts, Limited attention, Gender inequality

JEL Classification: G24, G41, J16, J22

Suggested Citation

Du, Mengqiao, Locked-in at Home: Female Analysts' Attention at Work during the COVID-19 Pandemic (October 27, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3741395 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3741395

Mengqiao Du (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim ( email )

L9, 1-2
Mannheim, 68161
Germany

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