Is Gender Diversity Profitable? Evidence from a Global Study

  • March 29, 2016
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The Professional Development Committee
of the Association of Women In International Trade

invites you to a discussion with

Marcus Noland

Marcus Noland

Marcus Noland

Join WIIT for an exclusive discussion of the working paper Is Gender Diversity Profitable? Evidence from a Global Study, authored by Marcus Noland, Tyler Moran, and Barbara Kotschwar.  Since its publication in February 2016, Mr. Noland been interviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Huffington Post, CNN Money, Fortune, The Harvard Business Review, and CNN International.

Mr. Noland will discuss the analysis presented in the paper, which involves a global survey of 21,980 firms from 91 countries. The paper suggests that the presence of women in corporate leadership positions may improve firm performance. This correlation could reflect either the payoff to nondiscrimination or the fact that women increase a firm’s skill diversity. Women’s presence in corporate leadership is positively correlated with firm characteristics such as size as well as national characteristics such as girls’ math scores, the absence of discriminatory attitudes toward female executives, and the availability of paternal leave. The results find no impact of board gender quotas on firm performance, but they suggest that the payoffs of policies that facilitate women rising through the corporate ranks more broadly could be significant.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch to this brown bag event.  Complimentary beverages will be provided courtesy of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Date & Time:
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
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Washington, D.C.  20005
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WIIT Members:  free
Non-WIIT Members:  $25

Advance registration will close on Monday, March 28 at 12:00 PM ET. Registration fees are due at the time of registration, and are non-refundable.

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Marcus Noland is the executive vice president and director of studies for the Peterson Institute for International Economics. His research addresses a wide range of topics at the interstice of economics, political science, and international relations. His areas of geographical knowledge and interest include Asia and Africa where he has lived and worked, and the Middle East. In the past he has written extensively on the economies of Japan, Korea, and China, and is unique among American economists in having devoted serious scholarly effort to the problems of North Korea and the prospects for Korean unification. He won the 2000–01 Ohira Memorial Award for his book Avoiding the Apocalypse: The Future of the Two Koreas.



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