Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/144207
Authors: 
Kay, Rosemarie
Schlömer-Laufen, Nadine
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn 02/16
Abstract: 
(Why) does the sex ratio in top-management positions in large family and nonfamily businesses differ? Using a unique data set and estimating (fractional) logit regressions we show that the female share in top-management positions in family businesses exceeds the one in nonfamily businesses. One reason is the selection mechanism social homophily from which females in family businesses benefit more because of a higher female share in the decision making body in family businesses. Another reason is the pathway self-appointment as (co-) leader of one's own business which is more common in family businesses. Nepotism seems not to play a role.
Subjects: 
gender diversity
top-management positions
family businesses
selection mechanisms
pathways into top-management
JEL: 
J16
M14
M51
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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