Representation of women and minorities in a “selectorate”—the group that chooses an organization's leaders—is a key mechanism for promoting diversity. We show that representation, on its own, is not sufficient for selecting gender diversity: a supportive organizational culture is also required. In the case of the Internet Engineering Task Force, a random increase in female representation in its selection committee caused an increase in female
Baron, Justus, Bernhard Ganglmair, Nicola Persico, Timothy Simcoe and Emanuele Tarantino (2021), Representation is Not Sufficient for Selecting Gender Diversity, NBER Working Paper No. w28649, Cambridge.