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Personal CEO Characteristics and Firm Capital Structures

Author/​Artist:
Cottarelli, Nicolo [Browse]
Format:
Senior thesis
Language:
English
Advisor(s):
Battaglini, Marco [Browse]
Department:
Princeton University. Department of Economics [Browse]
Class year:
2014
Description:
70 pages
Summary note:
This dissertation explores how manager-specific characteristics can distort firm investment policies and affect capital structure outcomes. I introduce a model of project choice which implies that managers who seek to develop their reputations will select safer projects and by extension face easier debt-financing environments. I then conduct an empirical analysis of 483 entries of matched firm-CEO data in the period between 2004 and 2007 in search of empirical support for this claim. My strongest and most salient finding is of a quadratic relationship between CEO age and firm debt ratios; this result is consistent with the hypothesis that managers are most reputation-sensitive at the start and end of their careers.