NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Which CEO Characteristics and Abilities Matter?

Steven N. Kaplan, Mark M. Klebanov, Morten Sorensen

NBER Working Paper No. 14195
Issued in July 2008

---- Acknowledgements -----

We thank Geoff Smart and Randy Street of ghSMART & Company for providing the data and for very helpful discussions and comments. We thank David Altman, Carola Frydman, Malcolm Baker, Mike Jensen, Leslie Pratch, David Yermack and seminar participants at the 2008 AFA Meetings, Duke, Harvard Business School and Economics Department, NBER Corporate Finance, NBER Private Equity Conference, NBER Summer Institute, SIFR Conference 2007, and Wharton for helpful comments. We thank Xu Da, Sol Garger, Cristina Iftimie, Ingrid Tang, Phoebe Tse, and Jaclyn Yamada for research assistance. This research has been supported by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and the Olin Foundation through grants to the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, the Center for Research in Security Prices, the Kauffman Foundation, and Kathryn Gould. Address correspondence to Steve Kaplan or Morten Sorensen, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, 5807 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 or e-mail at skaplan@uchicago.edu or sorensen@uchicago.edu. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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