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​Women in the Boardroom and Cultural Beliefs about Gender Roles

Date/Time: 29-Nov-2018 1030hrs - 1200hrs
Venue: Executive Seminar Room 4 (S3.1-B1-06)
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​Date: Thursday, 29 November 2018
Time: 10.30 am – 12.00 pm
Venue: Executive Seminar Room 4 (S3.1-B1-06)

Chairperson: Assoc Prof Angie LOW
We ask whether regional attitudes towards gender roles impact the prevalence of women in corporate leadership. Previous studies show that cross-country differences in gender attitudes are highly persistent and have pre-industrial origins. We find that countries with more gender-egalitarian attitudes have more women on corporate boards. These effects persist through immigration. U.S. firms located in counties with greater portions of their populations originating from gender-egalitarian countries have more women on corporate boards, more women in leadership roles on boards, and more female executives. The effects of culture extend beyond corporate leadership, as greater gender-egalitarianism is associated with high female labor participation, lower gender pay gaps, and greater female participation in STEM jobs.

About the Speaker
Mengxin is currently a Financial Economist at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Prior to SEC, She was a tenured associated professor of finance at University of Alberta in Canada. Mengxin’s primary research interests are in the area of corporate finance, particularly in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, international law and finance, culture and finance. Her papers have been published in leading academic journals including Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Management Science, Journal of Comparative Economics, etc. Mengxin has taught various courses at both undergraduate and graduate level. She received her Ph.D. in Finance at University of Pittsburgh, MA in Economics at SUNY Albany and BA in Economics from Beijing University. 

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Published on: 21-Nov-2018

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