Boardroom Gender Diversity and Long-Term Firm Performance

International Journal of Disclosure and Governance (Forthcoming)

Posted: 1 May 2021

See all articles by Parveen P. Gupta

Parveen P. Gupta

Lehigh University - Department of Accounting

Kevin C. K. Lam

Hang Seng Management College; The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - School of Accountancy

Heibatollah Sami

Lehigh University

Haiyan Zhou

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Date Written: March 1, 2021

Abstract

In this research study, we seek to examine whether US public companies with gender diverse boards report better long-term, non-financial and financial performance. Using observations from 2003 to 2012, we find that gender diversity on corporate boards has a more positive impact on a firm’s non-financial performance after controlling for the simultaneous effects of board characteristics. However, using the same model for financial performance, our findings are mixed—a positive impact on accounting measure, no impact on market measures but mixed impact on Tobin’s Q. Our findings have policy implications for regulators globally seeking to mandate gender diversity in corporate boardrooms.

Keywords: Board Composition, Board of Director Mechanisms, Agency Theory, Corporate Governance Theories, Corporate Financial Performance, Firm-level Governance Outcomes, Archival Data, Quantitative Data, Traditional Analysis (e.g. regression, ANOVA).

JEL Classification: G3, G34, G38

Suggested Citation

Gupta, Parveen P. and Lam, Kevin C. K. and Sami, Heibatollah and Zhou, Haiyan, Boardroom Gender Diversity and Long-Term Firm Performance (March 1, 2021). International Journal of Disclosure and Governance (Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3828656

Parveen P. Gupta (Contact Author)

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Kevin C. K. Lam

Hang Seng Management College ( email )

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China

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - School of Accountancy ( email )

Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong

Heibatollah Sami

Lehigh University ( email )

Bethlehem, PA 18015
United States
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Haiyan Zhou

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ( email )

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Edinburg, TX 78541
United States

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