Female Bosses and Female Employees’ Careers: Evidence from Lawyers in Shanghai
In this paper, I examine the responses of lawyers’ promotions, performance, and turnover to changes in the gender mix of their bosses and peers. Merging unique data on lawyers’ careers from nearly 400 Shanghai law firms with rich information from 134,000 court judgements, I create novel indicators to measure lawyers’ performance in civil litigation. Specifically, based on Chinese civil practice I use the amount of court fees to measure the size of a case, and the assigned division of court fees between the litigants to measure the judgement outcome. I find that female law associates’ promotion rates increase relative to their male counterparts when they have more female bosses (the partners in their firm). Further, the primary mechanism for this effect is that female bosses assign higher-value cases to their female subordinates, at no cost in terms of performance, and with no apparent reductions in men’s advancement. In contrast to female bosses, however, having more female peers reduces women’s promotion rates, suggesting that there may be gender-specific intergroup competition in these firms.

Lizi Yu is a PhD candidate from the University of California – Santa Barbara, whose major interests are in labor economics. Her recent and current projects focus on employee incentives, promotions, compensations, and productivity within firms.
Speaker(s) Ms Lizi Yu
PhD candidate, the University of California - Santa Barbara
Date 7 Feb 2020 (Friday)
Time 12:00 noon
Venue Room 3401 (via lifts 17-18), Academic Building, HKUST
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
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