Quick Study: Would Corporate Crime Fall If More Women Were in Power? - Pacific Standard

Quick Study: Would Corporate Crime Fall If More Women Were in Power?

A Penn State study of corporate fraud in America found that men were almost always to blame.
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Even in this day and age, there are still male-dominated arenas where women remain shockingly underrepresented. Corporate crime, for instance. A research team led by a Penn State sociologist looked at 83 corporate fraud cases in the U.S. between 2002 and 2009. According to the resulting study published in the American Sociological Review, fewer than one in 10 defendants was a woman. All the crimes committed by a single individual involved a man. Nearly three-quarters of the crimes committed by groups involved all-male gangs. The small number of female co-conspirators “were more likely to play minor roles in schemes.” The researchers suggest corporate fraud might be reduced if more women held positions of power. But lean in at your peril, ladies. The study also warns that females who fight their way to the top might be “socialized into the ethos” of amorality.

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