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Female board representation, corporate innovation and firm performance

Chen, Jie ORCID:, Leung, Woon ORCID: and Evans, Kevin P. ORCID: 2018. Female board representation, corporate innovation and firm performance. Journal of Empirical Finance 48 , pp. 236-254. 10.1016/j.jempfin.2018.07.003

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We show evidence that female board representation is associated with greater innovative success, and thus enhances firm performance in innovation-intensive industries. Firms with female directors tend to invest more in innovation and obtain more patents and citations for given R&D expenditures. An increase of 10 percentage points in the tenure-weighted fraction of female directors is associated with approximately 6% more patents and 7% more citations. Investigating the underlying mechanisms, the positive association between female board representation and corporate innovation is stronger when product market competition is lower and when managers are more entrenched, consistent with increased monitoring by female directors improving managers’ incentives to innovate. Furthermore, we find that female board representation is positively associated with performance only for firms for which innovation and creativity play a particularly important role.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Additional Information: Released with a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License (CC BY-NC-ND)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0927-5398
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 July 2018
Date of Acceptance: 18 July 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 10:17

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