CEO Decision Horizon and Firm Performance: An Empirical Investigation

41 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2008

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Murad Antia

University of South Florida

Christos Pantzalis

University of South Florida

Jung Chul Park

University of South Florida

Date Written: March 17, 2008

Abstract

We investigate the effect of top managers' myopia on firms' market valuation. We devise a measure of expected CEO tenure as a proxy of the length of CEO decision horizon. After accounting for the endogenous nature of CEO horizon, our empirical tests show that it is significantly associated with agency costs and provide strong support for the hypotheses that the length of CEO decision horizon has a positive influence on firm value and a negative effect on information risk. The results are consistent with the notion that a short CEO decision horizon is indicative of preference for investments that offer relatively faster paybacks at the expense of long-term value creation.

Keywords: CEO decision horizon, Firm performance, Information risk, Agency costs

JEL Classification: G14, G34, D82

Suggested Citation

Antia, Murad and Pantzalis, Christos and Park, Jung Chul, CEO Decision Horizon and Firm Performance: An Empirical Investigation (March 17, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1107422 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1107422

Murad Antia

University of South Florida ( email )

Tampa, FL 33620
United States

Christos Pantzalis

University of South Florida ( email )

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Jung Chul Park (Contact Author)

University of South Florida ( email )

Tampa, FL 33620
United States
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