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Meshael Batarfi “What differences are there between male and female managers? Evidence from elite women’s soccer” – PhD Seminar
We investigate male and female managers in a highly competitive and data-rich setting: association football. While in men’s football there is minimal gender variation in the high-profile roles, in women’s football men often take up top management positions; indeed in our dataset 75.18 % of the 14,000 national and international matches between 1983 and 2020 involved at least one team coached by a male manager. We find significant differences between male and female coaches in a number of the measured characteristics indicating differences in risk preferences.