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State-Level Culture and Workplace Diversity Policies: Evidence from US Firms

Nadarajah, Sivathaasan and Atif, Muhammad and Gull, Ammar Ali (2021) 'State-Level Culture and Workplace Diversity Policies: Evidence from US Firms.' Journal of Business Ethics. ISSN 0167-4544

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This paper examines the effect of state-level culture in the US on the adoption of firms’ workplace diversity policies. Using firm-level panel data (1592 firm-year observations) over the period 2011–2014, we document that firms in highly individualistic states are less likely to adopt workplace diversity policies, which in turn negatively affects firm performance. Our results are robust to alternative variables and econometric specifications. Our findings provide insights into the contemporary debate on the economic aspects of workplace diversity policies for firms operating in different cultural backgrounds.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Culture, Workplace diversity policies, Firm performance
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Essex Accounting Centre
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2021 15:36
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2021 21:15

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