Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/86933
Authors: 
Hoogendoorn, Sander
Oosterbeek, Hessel
van Praag, Mirjam
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 11-074/3
Abstract: 
This paper reports about a field experiment conducted to estimate the impact of the share of women in business teams on their performance. Teams consisting of undergraduate students in business studies start up a venture as part of their curriculum. We manipulated the gender composition of teams and assigned students randomly to teams, conditional on their gender. We find that teams with an equal gender mix perform better than male-dominated teams in terms of sales and profits. We explore various mechanisms suggested in the literature to explain this positive effect of gender diversity on performance (including complementarities,learning, monitoring and conflicts) but find no support for them.
Subjects: 
Gender diversity
team performance
entrepreneurship
field experiment
entrepreneurship education
board effectiveness
JEL: 
J16
L25
L26
M13
C93
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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