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Are Female Supervisors More Female-Friendly?

Steven Bednar and Dora Gicheva

No 14-1, UNCG Economics Working Papers from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics

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.

Keywords: type-based mentoring; hiring practices; female-friendly workplaces (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J44 J71 M51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 11 pages
Date: 2014-02-28
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