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Female directors, key committees, and firm performance

Research output: Working paper

Published
Publication date10/2015
Place of PublicationLancaster
PublisherLancaster University, Department of Economics
Number of pages41
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

NameEconomics working paper series

Abstract

There is pressure to increase female representation on corporate boards. A number of studies have found no, or in some cases a negative, effect of female representation on boards and firm performance. We demonstrate robust positive and economically meaningful effects on firm performance of female representation on European boards.
Moreover, while previous work has considered female representation broadly, we focus on membership of committees involved explicitly in firm governance. We demonstrate marked, larger, e¤ects on performance of having female representation on these committees. Finally, we reconcile this evidence with prior US and UK evidence and demonstrate a positive performance impact of female committee memberships. Our evidence is supportive of the expansion of female involvement in corporate governance from a financial performance perspective.