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Beauty is Wealth: CEO Appearance and Shareholder Value


Joseph Taylor Halford


University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Scott H. C. Hsu


University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

September 25, 2014


Abstract:     
This paper examines whether and how the appearance of chief executives officers (CEOs) relates to shareholder value. We obtain a Facial Attractiveness Index of 667 CEOs based on their facial geometry. CEOs with a higher Facial Attractiveness Index are associated with better returns around their job announcements, and higher acquirer returns upon acquisition announcements. To mitigate endogeneity concerns, we compare stock returns surrounding news dates with CEOs’ images to returns surrounding news dates without CEOs’ images. Facial Attractiveness Index positively affects returns only around news dates with CEOs’ images. These findings suggest that CEO appearance matters for shareholder value.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 76

Keywords: CEO image, facial attractiveness, shareholder value, corporate news events

JEL Classification: G30, G34

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Date posted: November 21, 2013 ; Last revised: October 20, 2014

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Halford, Joseph Taylor and Hsu, Scott H. C., Beauty is Wealth: CEO Appearance and Shareholder Value (September 25, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2357756 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2357756

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Joseph Taylor Halford
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee ( email )
3203 N Maryland Ave
Sheldon B Lubar School of Business
Milwuakee, WI 53211
United States
Scott H. C. Hsu (Contact Author)
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee ( email )
Milwaukee, WI 53211
United States
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