Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/36195
Authors: 
Weber, Andrea Maria
Zulehner, Christine
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 4568
Abstract: 
In this paper we investigate the relationship between females among the first hires of start-up companies and business success. Our results show that firms with female first hires have a higher share of female workers at the end of the first year after entry. Further, we find that firms with female first hires are more successful and stay longer in the market. We conclude that our results support the hypothesis that gender-diversity in leading positions is an advantage for start-up firms.
Subjects: 
Firm survival
profitability
female employment
discrimination
market test
matched employer-employee data
JEL: 
J16
J71
L25
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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