Seeking Alpha: Excess Risk Taking and Competition for Managerial Talent
51 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2011 Last revised: 18 May 2016
Date Written: May 17, 2016
We present a model where firms compete for scarce managerial talent ("alpha") and managers are risk-averse. When managers cannot move across firms after being hired, employers learn about their talent, allocate them efficiently to projects and provide insurance to low-quality managers. When instead managers can move across firms, firm-level coinsurance is no longer feasible, but managers may self-insure by switching employer to delay the revelation of their true quality. However this results in inefficient project assignment, with low-quality managers handling projects that are too risky for them.
Keywords: managerial talent, alpha, risk taking, mobility, managerial labor market, competition, poaching
JEL Classification: JEL D62, G32, G38, J33
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