CEO Turnover in a Competitive Assignment Framework
Andrea L. Eisfeldt
UCLA Anderson School of Management
Camelia M. Kuhnen
Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management
April 23, 2010
There is widespread concern about whether CEOs are appropriately punished for poor performance. While CEOs are more likely to be forced out if their performance is poor relative to the industry average, overall industry performance also matters. This seems puzzling if termination is disciplinary, however, we show that both absolute and relative performance driven turnover can be natural and efficient outcomes of a competitive assignment model in which CEOs and firms form matches based on multiple characteristics. The model also has new predictions about replacement managers’ equilibrium pay and performance. We document CEO turnover events during 1992-2006 and provide empirical support for our model.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 55
Keywords: Executive Turnover, Matching Models, Competitive Assignment, CEO Labor Market
JEL Classification: G30, J31, M51, J41, J44, J63working papers series
Date posted: April 23, 2010 ; Last revised: April 12, 2011
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