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Griffin, D., Li, K., & Xu, T. (2019). Board gender diversity and corporate innovation: International evidence. Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 1-32.


Using a novel database of firm patents and board characteristics across 45 countries, we examine both within- and cross-country determinants of board gender diversity and its re- lation to corporate innovation. Boards are more likely to include women in countries with narrower gender gaps, higher female labor market participation, and less masculine cul- tures. Firms with gender diverse boards have more patents and novel patents, and a higher innovative efficiency. Further analyses suggest that gender diverse boards are associated with more failure-tolerant and long-term chief executive officer (CEO) incentives, more in- novative corporate cultures, and more diverse inventors, characteristics that are conducive to an improved innovative performance.

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