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CEO Ability, Pay, and Firm Performance

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  • Gilles Hilary

    () (GREGH - Groupement de Recherche et d'Etudes en Gestion à HEC - HEC Paris - Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Y. Y. Chang

    (School of Economics and Finance - Massey University)

  • Sudipto Dasgupta

    (HKUST - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Abstract

Do chief executive officers (CEOs) really matter? Do cross-sectional differences in firm performance and CEO pay reflect differences in CEO ability? Examining CEO departures over 1992-2002, we first find that the stock price reaction upon departure is negatively related to the firm's prior performance and to the CEO's prior pay. Second, the CEO's subsequent labor market success is greater if the firm's predeparture performance is better, the prior pay is higher, and the stock market's reaction is more negative. Finally, better prior performance, higher prior pay, and a more negative stock market reaction are associated with worse postdeparture firm performance. Collectively, these results reject the view that differences in firm performance stem entirely from non-CEO factors such as the firms' assets, other employees, or "luck," and that CEO pay is unrelated to the CEO's contribution to firm value.

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  • Gilles Hilary & Y. Y. Chang & Sudipto Dasgupta, 2010. "CEO Ability, Pay, and Firm Performance," Post-Print hal-00585950, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00585950
    DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.1100.1205
    Note: View the original document on HAL open archive server: https://hal-hec.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00585950
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