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Representation is not sufficient for selecting gender diversity

Justin Baron, Bernhard Ganglmair, Nicola Persico, Timothy S. Simcoe and Emanuele Tarantino

No 23-056, ZEW Discussion Papers from ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Abstract: One strategy for promoting female leaders in STEM professions is to appoint more women to the committees that select leaders. Unfortunately, evidence from other settings, such as committees for selecting judges or professors, suggests this approach does not work. We use a natural experiment to test the idea that organizational norms supporting gender diversity are necessary for representation on 'selectorates' to promote gender diversity among STEM leaders. Our empirical setting is the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) - a standard-setting organization that develops key protocols for Internet hardware and software. We find that when more women are randomly selected for the committee that appoints IETF leaders, the committee appoints more female leaders, but only after a set of interventions meant to increase members' awareness of the benefits of gender diversity.

Date: 2023
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