The first introduction of mandatory gender quotas in the boardroom took place in Norway. A law passed in June 2003 and a subsequent amendment established a minimum of 40% presence of both genders in Public Limited Companies (ASA’s). Specifically, such companies were given as deadline the beginning of 2008 to satisfy this requirement with noncompliance being sanctioned with forced liquidation.

This year will thus represent the 10th year anniversary of the full implementation of the first and probably most far-reaching legal framework pursuing a mandatory balanced presence of men and women in the corporate spheres. In addition, other countries like Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Iceland, Spain, France and Germany have followed suite and implemented gender quotas of their own. It is thus fair to say that evaluating this regulatory measures cannot be dismissed anymore with a ‘too early too call’ tag. Hence, this conference wants to promote a forum to pursue such evaluation.

The conference will also provide space for the presentation of research that can help explaining the low female presence in positions of corporate and political power.

Program Committee


Ken Ahern, University of Southern California

Manuel Bagues, Aalto University

Brad Barber, UC Davis School of Management Studies

Francesca Cornelli, London Business School

Amy Dittmar, Michigan s Ross School of Business

Espen Eckbo, Dartmouth

Daniel Ferreira, London School of Economics

Patricia Funk, Università della Svizzera Italiana

Olle Folke, Uppsala University

Mariassunta Giannetti, Stockholm School of Economics

Edith Ginglinger, Dauphine Universite Paris

Samuli Knüpfer, BI Oslo

Astrid Kunze, Norwegian School of Economics

Kai Li, Sauder School of Business

David Matsa, Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University

Amalia Miller, University of Virginia

Terry Odean, University of California at Berkeley

Paola Profeta, Bocconi

Johanna Rickne, Stockholm University/Research Institute of Industrial Economics

Paola Sapienza, Northwestern University

Joacim Tåg, Research Institute of Industrial Economics

Feng Zhang, University of Utah



The conference is generously funded by grants from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) and Handelsbankens Forskningsstiftelser.