Chipping away at the glass ceiling: Gender spillovers in corporate leadership

David A. Matsa, Amalia R. Miller

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This paper examines the role of women helping women in corporate America. Using a merged panel of directors and executives for large US corporations between 1997 and 2009, we find a positive association between the female share of the board of directors in the previous year and the female share among current top executives. The relationship® timing suggests that causality runs from boards to managers and not the reverse. This pattern of women helping women at the highest levels of firm leadership highlights the continued importance of a demand-side "glass ceiling" in explaining the slowprogress of women in business.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)635-639
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Economic Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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