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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Ian D. Gow

Harvard Business School
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July 2016CEO Personality and Firm Policies
with Steven N. Kaplan, David F. Larcker, Anastasia A. Zakolyukina: w22435
Based on two samples of high quality personality data for chief executive officers (CEOs), we use linguistic features extracted from conferences calls and statistical learning techniques to develop a measure of CEO personality in terms of the Big Five traits: agreeableness, conscientiousness, extraversion, neuroticism, and openness to experience. These personality measures have strong out-of-sample predictive performance and are stable over time. Our measures of the Big Five personality traits are associated with financing choices, investment choices and firm operating performance.
 
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