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Board gender diversity, competitive pressure and investment efficiency in Chinese private firms

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This study investigates the impact of female directors (FDs) on investment efficiency in a competitive environment. Considering Chinese market, where corporate governance practices are weaker than other developed countries and empirical evidence regarding the role of female directors in shaping investment efficiency is absent, this study fills this gap by studying the role of the female directors in investment efficiency in a competitive environment. The results show that FDs improve the investment efficiency in the firms as they play a monitoring role, discipline the management, reduce agency problem, and improve efficient allocation of resources. The results also exhibit that FDs significantly curb the overinvestment problem. However, FDs do not play a significant role in reducing underinvestment problem. The study facilitates to understand the factors that help in efficient allocation of resources in an economy. This study can be helpful for the policymakers while devising corporate policies to promote and encourage gender diversity in higher management.
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hal-02956320 , version 1 (02-10-2020)

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Sultan Sikandar Mirza, Muhammad Ansar Majeed, Tanveer Ahsan. Board gender diversity, competitive pressure and investment efficiency in Chinese private firms. Eurasian Business Review, 2020, 10 (3), pp.417-440. ⟨10.1007/s40821-019-00138-5⟩. ⟨hal-02956320⟩
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