Quotation Maida, Agata, Weber, Andrea. 2021. Female Leadership and Gender Gap within Firms: Evidence from an Italian Board Reform. Industrial and Labor Relations Review (ILR Review).




The authors evaluate a 2011 Italian law that installed a step-wise increase in gender quota that remains effective for three consecutive board renewals of listed limited liability firms. They link firm-level information on board membership and board election dates with detailed employment and earnings records from the Social Security registers. Exploiting the staggered introduction of the gender quota regulation and variation in board renewal years across firms, the authors evaluate the effect of the board gender composition on measures of gender diversity in top positions over a period of four years. While the reform substantially raised the female membership on corporate boards, results show only moderate and imprecisely estimated spillover effects on the representation of women in top executive or top earnings positions.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Industrial and Labor Relations Review (ILR Review)
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, STRAT-B, VW-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Female Leadership and Gender Gap within Firms: Evidence from an Italian Board Reform
Year 2021
Reviewed? Y
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0019793920961995
Open Access N


Weber, Andrea (Former researcher)
Maida, Agata (University degli Studi di Milano, Italy)
Department of Economics (Kartal) (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5304 Labour market research (Details)
5902 Labour market research (Details)
5903 Labour market policy (Details)
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