The Role of Gender in the Aggressive Questioning of CEOs During Earnings Conference Calls

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-107
Journal / PublicationAccounting Review
Volume97
Issue number7
Online publishedMar 2022
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

We investigate the role of gender on the aggressiveness of sell-side analysts' questions during earnings conference calls. Our tests reveal that the verbal aggressiveness of analysts' questions is significantly associated with both the gender of the analyst asking the question and the gender of the CEO fielding the question. First, we find that male analysts are more verbally aggressive than female analysts. Specifically, male analysts' questions are more direct and more likely to be followed with further questions, to have a preface statement, and to be negative, all of which are consistent with verbal aggressiveness. Second, male analysts' questions to female CEOs are more aggressive than their questions to male CEOs. Gender-based verbal aggressiveness appears to be associated with analysts' career trajectories: female analysts who ask aggressive questions have a higher likelihood of becoming ''star'' analysts, whereas we fail to find such evidence for male analysts. © 2022 American Accounting Association. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • earnings conference calls, gender, gender differences, question style, verbal aggressiveness

Citation Format(s)

The Role of Gender in the Aggressive Questioning of CEOs During Earnings Conference Calls. / Comprix, Joseph; Lopatta, Kerstin; Tideman, Sebastian A.
In: Accounting Review, Vol. 97, No. 7, 11.2022, p. 79-107.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review