Closing the Gap: Board Gender Quotas and Hiring Practices

Closing the Gap: Board Gender Quotas and Hiring Practices

Daniel Ferreira, Edith Ginglinger, Marie-Aude Laguna, Yasmine Skalli

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August 01 2017

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December 23 2021
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  • Corporate boards • 
  • Gender Quotas • 
  • Corporate governance • 
  • labor markets • 
  • Matching • 
  • Turnover

We study the impact of board gender quotas on firms’ hiring and retention practices. Female director tenure increases following the introduction of a quota in France in 2011, with stronger effects among less gender-diverse firms and firms that use networks for hiring.

Female directors hired after the quota are more independent, more experienced, more internationally diverse, and no less academically qualified than those hired before the quota. The gender gaps in most director characteristics also narrow. The evidence suggests that board gender quotas force firms to change their hiring practices, which allow firms to tap into a deeper talent pool.

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Real name:
Marie-Aude Laguna
Real name:
Yasmine Skalli