Does board gender diversity affect renewable energy consumption?

Muhammad Atif, Mohammed Hossain, Md Samsul Alam, Marc Goergen

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This paper examines the effect of board gender diversity on renewable energy consumption. Using a panel of 11,677 firm-year observations from the USA for 2008–2016, we find a positive relationship between board gender diversity and renewable energy consumption. Moreover, boards require two or more women for women to have a significant impact on renewable energy consumption, consistent with the critical mass theory. Further, we document that the positive impact of female directors on renewable energy consumption stems from female independent rather than female executive directors. Finally, we find a positive effect of the interaction between renewable energy consumption and board gender diversity on firm financial performance. Our findings are robust to different identification strategies and estimation techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101665
JournalJournal of Corporate Finance
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Jun 2020


  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Environmental protection
  • GBoard gender diversity
  • Global warming
  • Renewable energy

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