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Do Women in Leadership Roles Make for Better-Run Companies? – Barron's

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There’s a little controversy brewing in a corner of the social impact investing world. A key premise behind “gender-lens” investing — a newly popular strategy — is that companies with women in corporate leadership tend to deliver strong performance and profits. But a recent paper by a Wharton management professor counters that “rigorous, peer-reviewed academic studies” show little to no link between gender diversity in corporate leadership and performance.

What to make of all this? We decided to dig in to what may seem an…