Does board gender diversity reduce ‘CEO luck’?

Viput Ongsakul, Anutchanat Jaroenjitrkam, Sirimon Treepongkaruna, Pornsit Jiraporn

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Abstract

We explore the role of female directors in mitigating CEO luck. CEOs are ‘lucky’ when they receive stock option grants on days when the stock price is the lowest in the month of the grant, implying opportunistic timing. Our results show that board gender diversity significantly deters the opportunistic timing of option grants. The effect of board gender diversity is 17.19 percent stronger than that of board independence in reducing CEO luck. Board gender diversity plays an effective governance role, even more effective than board independence does. Our results support the benefits of board gender diversity in mitigating the agency cost.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-260
Number of pages18
JournalAccounting and Finance
Volume62
Issue number1
Early online date30 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

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