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Title: A Diversity study on the National Basketball Association: How the Ethnic and Gender Makeup in Executive Management Affects Team Performance
Authors: Evbuomwan, Tosan
Advisors: Grossman, Gene
Department: Economics
Certificate Program: Finance Program
Class Year: 2023
Abstract: Research on the implications of gender and ethnic diversity in corporate management teams for corporate performance has found mixed results. In this thesis, I study this question in a unique context of a professional sports league. This setting provides an excellent laboratory, because performance metrics are easily measured. Using ticket sales and win percentage as indicators of success in the National Basketball Association, I examine whether having a more gender diverse front office at the rank of vice president and above (executive management), or having a more ethnically diverse executive management team among five possible ethnic categories improves team outcomes. I use panel data for all 30 teams across the 2010-2018 seasons, and control for the experience of the executive management team and for two indicators of token female or minority representation. Across a variety of specifications using fixed effects, lags, and instruments for the composition of the management, I too find mixed results; the measures of diversity had no statistically significant effect on ticket sales or win percentage in most specifications.
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en
Appears in Collections:Economics, 1927-2023

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