Rent Sharing and Gender Discrimination in Collegiate Athletics.
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Annual Meeting of the Austrian Economic Association
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This paper analyzes the effect of market power on female employment in top management positions in a non-competitive market. We use data from collegiate athletics and interpret coaches as top-level managers or chief executive officers (CEOs). The causal link between market power and female employment is established by exploiting an exogenous shock inflicted by the existence of the Bowl Championship Series. Our results show that an increase in the market share has a negative effect on female employment relative to male employment in coaching. We interpret this as clear evidence for the Becker hypotheses that firms with market power will be able afford discriminating in their personnel decisions.