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Managerial Turnover in a Changing World

  • Daniel Garrett
  • Alessandro Pavan

We characterize a firm's profit-maximizing turnover policy in an environment where managerial productivity changes stochastically over time and is the manager's private information. Our key positive result shows that the productivity level that the firm requires for retention declines with the manager's’ tenure in the firm. Our key normative result shows that, compared to what is efficient, the profit-maximizing policy either induces excessive retention (i.e., inefficiently low turnover) at all tenure levels, or excessive firing at the early stages of the relationship followed by excessive retention after sufficiently long tenure.

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Paper provided by Northwestern University, Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science in its series Discussion Papers with number 1490.

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Date of creation: 01 May 2010
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Handle: RePEc:nwu:cmsems:1490
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