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Impact of board gender composition on corporate debt maturity structures

Li, Yiwei and Zhang, Xiu-Ye (2019) 'Impact of board gender composition on corporate debt maturity structures.' European Financial Management. ISSN 1354-7798

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Abstract

This paper examines the effect of female directors on corporate debt maturity structures. We find that firms with a higher ratio of female directors tend to have a larger proportion of short‐maturity debt. This effect is more pronounced with female independent directors and is insignificant with female inside directors. These findings remain robust under propensity score matching and instrumental variable approaches to address potential endogeneity concerns. Furthermore, we find that our results are driven primarily by firms with weak governance quality and low financial constraints. We also find that the effect does not differ between high‐ and low‐leveraged firms, and there is a negative relation between female directors and likelihood of overinvestment. This evidence suggests that female directors view short‐term debt as a monitoring device.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: debt maturity, gender diversity, female directors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Essex Finance Centre
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2019 13:56
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2019 13:56
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24207

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