American Economic Review: Vol. 104 No. 5 (May 2014)


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Are Female Supervisors More Female-Friendly?

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Bednar, Steven, and Dora Gicheva. 2014. "Are Female Supervisors More Female-Friendly?" American Economic Review, 104(5): 370-75.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.104.5.370


We introduce the idea that easily inferable demographic characteristics such as gender may not be sufficient to define type in the supervisor-employee mentoring relationship. We use longitudinal data on athletic directors at NCAA Division I programs to identify through observed mobility the propensity of top-level administrators to hire and retain female head coaches, above and beyond an organization's culture. We show that supervisor gender appears to be unrelated to female friendliness in this setting. Overall, our findings indicate that more focus should be placed on the more complex manager type defined by attitudes in addition to attributes.

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Bednar, Steven (Elon U)
Gicheva, Dora (U NC, Greensboro)

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I23: Higher Education; Research Institutions
J16: Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
M12: Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation

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