Economist Anne Boring obtains an NWO Open Competition SSH-M Grant

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Anne Boring of Erasmus School of Economics has obtained an NWO Open Competition SSH-M grant. Anne receives this grant, with a maximum budget of 400,000 euro, to enable her to work on her project about diversity in leadership positions.

In her SSH-M research project, Anne Boring will conduct the first comprehensive study on the effectiveness of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policies in the Netherlands. DEI policies are increasingly implemented to improve diversity in leadership positions, despite the lack of solid evidence of the effectiveness of some of these policies.

The project will document potential links between diversity in leadership and existence (or not) of DEI policies across firms. Furthermore, the project will investigate both employees' and firms' attitudes towards DEI policies using survey experiments. Finally, the project will use these findings to inform on the design of optimal DEI policies and further test their effectiveness by conducting field experiments within organizations.

Patrick Groenen, Dean of Erasmus School of Economics, congratulates Anne Boring: ‘The awarded project is very timely and impactful. I am happy that Anne is enabled to continue this strong line of research. I am eager to learn the findings of this project.’

About the NWO Open Competition SSH-M grants

In 2022, the NWO (Dutch Research Council) launched a revised format for the NWO Open Competition in Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). Within this format the SSH-M Call for proposals is specifically intended for free, curiosity-driven research projects with a primary social and/or humanities research question, aimed at excellent disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research.

About Anne Boring and her research

Assistant professor Anne Boring joined the Economics department at Erasmus School of Economics in 2017. She is the head of the Woman in Business Chair at Science Po, Paris (LIEPP & PRESAGE), and research fellow at Tinbergen Institute.

In 2021 Anne was appointed as a Research Fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.

In 2022, on the recommendation of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and by decree of the President of the French Republic, Anne was bestowed with the top French civilian honour of becoming Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, the Knight of the Order of Merit.

More information

For more information, please contact Ronald de Groot, Media and Public Relations Officer at Erasmus School of Economics:, +31 6 53 641 846.

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