DP16002 Representation is Not Sufficient for Selecting Gender Diversity
|Author(s):||Justus Baron, Bernhard Ganglmair, Nicola Persico, Timothy Simcoe, Emanuele Tarantino|
|Publication Date:||April 2021|
|Programme Areas:||Organizational Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=16002|
Representation of women and minorities in a "selectorate" â?? the group that chooses an organization's leaders â?? is a key mechanism for promoting diversity. We show that representation, on its own, is not sufficient for selecting gender diversity: a supportive organizational culture is also required. In the case of the Internet Engineering Task Force, a random increase in female representation in its selection committee caused an increase in female appointments only after cultural norms supporting diversity and inclusion became more salient.