Liu Yang


Liu Yang's primary research interest is in the area of corporate finance including mergers and acquisitions, investments, corporate governance, and labor and finance. Dr. Yang’s work has been published in all three leading academic journals in finance including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies.

Fearless Idea 28: Close the Gender Wage Gap

Something inequitable happens when men and women with similar jobs get laid off at the same time from the same companies, and then move to the same new employer. The gender wage gap — whatever it was before — widens during the transition. Only one factor helps to soften the outcome. A study co-authored by Smith School professor Liu Yang shows that when women workers get rehired by women managers, the wage disparity is cut in half. Read more...

Closing the Gender Wage Gap

By Liu Yang

Executive orders from the White House in 2014 rekindled a decades-long debate about gender pay disparities that persist in corporate America. Some blame the gap on lingering workplace biases that protect the C suite as the domain of men. Others dismiss the problem as overstated, citing the choices that women often make to sacrifice career advancement in favor of family. Read more...

New Study Shows How Gender Pay Gap Widens

Effect Reduced at Firms Where a Majority of Senior Leaders Are Women

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Women wage earners suffer more than men when they leave similar jobs at the same company and relocate to the same new employer following layoffs, a first-of-its-kind study from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business shows. The gender pay gap widens during the transition regardless of age, race, education or seniority, although the effects are less pronounced at firms where a majority of senior leaders are women.

Room for Equity?

Research by Liu Yang

Female corporate leadership can neutralize the gender wage disparity

Firms can take advantage of capable women leaders and position them to nurture a culture of gender equity and subsequent broader base of incentivized workers that feel treated fairly

Liu Yang

Liu Yang is an Associate Professor in Finance (with tenure) at the Smith School of Business of the University of Maryland. She is also the founding Executive Director of the Federal Statistical Research Data Center at the University of Maryland.

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