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Are Female Supervisors More Female-Friendly?

Steven Bednar and Dora Gicheva

American Economic Review, 2014, vol. 104, issue 5, 370-75

Abstract: 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.

JEL-codes: I23 J16 M12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.104.5.370
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