Board of director gender and corporate tax aggressiveness

An empirical analysis

Roman Lanis*, Grant Richardson, Grantley Taylor

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This study examines the impact of board of director gender diversity on corporate tax aggressiveness. Based on a sample of 418 U.S. firms covering the 2006–2009 period (1672 firm-year observations), our ordinary least squares regression results show a negative and statistically significant association between female representation on the board and tax aggressiveness after controlling for endogeneity. Our results are consistent across several measures of tax aggressiveness and additional robustness checks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-596
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Board of director diversity
  • Corporate governance
  • Tax aggressiveness

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