14 Jun '24
Finance Seminars | Friday Alexandra Niessen-Ruenzi, University Mannheim

Alexandra Niessen-Ruenzi, from University Mannheim, will present  "The Importance of Signaling for Women's Careers"

Abstract: We show that signals of leadership qualification are more important for women’s career advancement than for men’s. Specifically, signals of higher education, professional experience and access to professional networks increase male directors’ probability to enter a leadership position by 5.2%, and their compensation by 5.7% ($246,900). Fe-male directors with these signals are 11.0% more likely to enter a leadership position, and their compensation is 19.7% ($796,800) higher. This result is in line with models of screening discrimination, in which women need to provide more observable skill signals to counterbalance higher uncertainty about their unobservable qualifications for a leadership position. Supporting this channel, we find that our results are stronger if information asymmetries between (mostly) male employers and female candidates are larger: successions after the sudden death of a CEO, successions in firms with all-male nomination committees, and outside hires.

Alexandra Niessen-Ruenzi, University Mannheim
  • From 14 June 2024 11:00 AM
  • To 14 June 2024 12:30 PM
  • Location D-113