Feminist Firms

Feminist Firms

Benjamin Bennett, Isil Erel, Léa H. Stern, Zexi Wang

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December 04 2019

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December 04 2019
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  • Firm performance • 
  • Gender • 
  • Labor Force Participation • 
  • Paid Family Leave • 
  • Talent Allocation

We examine whether reducing frictions in the labor market affects the performance of private and public firms. Using the staggered adoption of state-level Paid Family Leave acts, we provide causal evidence on the value created by relieving frictions to female talent allocation. The magnitude of firms’ improved performance is correlated with their exposure to the laws.

We document that reduced turnover, increased productivity, and female leadership are important mechanisms leading to the observed performance gains.


Real name:
Benjamin Bennett
Real name:
Léa H. Stern
Real name:
Zexi Wang