Are gender diverse boards more cautious? The impact of board gender diversity on sentiment in earnings press releases

Paul Mather, Dinithi Ranasinghe, Luisa A. Unda

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Abstract

We examine the impact of board gender diversity on the sentiment in earnings press releases. Managers may use press releases to manage readers’ perceptions of corporate performance and we posit that gender diverse boards actively monitor managerial disclosures and tend to favour more cautious language in the press releases. Using a sample from ASX top 200 company voluntary disclosures and natural language text extraction processes, we find that board gender diversity is associated with the use of more cautious sentiments and less positive sentiments in earnings press releases. Further robustness tests validate our findings. We provide insights to practitioners and regulators by contributing to an ongoing regulatory debate on board gender diversity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100278
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Corporate governance
  • Earnings Press releases
  • Gender diversity
  • Sentiment
  • Text extraction
  • Tone

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