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Managerial Overconfidence and Corporate Risk Management

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  • Tim R. Adam
  • Chitru S. Fernando
  • Evgenia Golubeva
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    We show that managerial overconfidence, which has been found to influence a number of corporate financial decisions, also affects corporate risk management. We find that managers increase their speculative activities using derivatives following speculative gains, while they do not reduce their speculative activities following speculative losses. This asymmetric response follows from selective selfattribution: successes tend to be attributed to one’s own skill, while failures tend to be attributed to bad luck. Thus, our results show that managerial behavioral biases can also impact corporate risk management.

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    Paper provided by Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany in its series SFB 649 Discussion Papers with number SFB649DP2012-018.

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    Length: 39 pages
    Date of creation: Feb 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:hum:wpaper:sfb649dp2012-018

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    Keywords: corporate risk management; behavioral biases; managerial overconfidence; speculation;

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