Renee Adams, Matti Keloharju, Samuli Knüpfer Are CEOs Born Leaders? Lessons from Traits of a Million Individuals (01 Sep 2016) Available at ECGI: http://ecgi.global/working-paper/are-ceos-born-leaders-lessons-traits-million-individuals
What makes a CEO? Our study combines a near-exhaustive sample of CEOs of Swedish companies with data on their cognitive and non-cognitive ability and height at age 18. On average, CEOs, particularly large-company CEOs, have much higher trait values than the population and somewhat higher values than people in other high-skill professions.
Yet, more than one hundred managers and executives in the corporate sector dominate each median largecompany CEO. Only about one tenth of the pay premium large-firm CEOs enjoy over the population can be attributed to the labor market returns to the three traits.
We examine how international variation in corporate future-oriented behavior, such as corporate social responsibility (CSR) and research and development (R&D) investment, could partially stem from characteristics of the languages spoken at...Read more
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We establish that the labor market helps discipline asset managers via the impact of fund liquidations on their careers. Using hand-collected data on 1,948 professionals, we find that top managers working for funds liquidated after persistently...Read more
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