Managerial Optimism, Investment Efficiency, and Firm Valuation

Multinational Finance Journal (2013)

45 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2013

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I‐Ju Chen

Yuan Ze University - College of Management

Shin-Hung Lin

Yuan Ze University

Date Written: February 27, 2013

Abstract

This study investigates the relationship between managerial optimism, investment efficiency, and firm valuation. This study follows the Campbell’s measurement for managerial optimism and investigates the influences of the different levels of managerial optimism on improving investment efficiency and firm value when firms tend to under-invest or over-invest. The results indicate that an under-invested firm with a CEO who has a higher level of managerial optimism can improve the firm’s investment efficiency by reducing the degree of underinvestment, which further increases the firm’s value. However, when firms tend to overinvest, there is insufficient evidence to show that a firm with a lower level of CEO managerial optimism will effectively improve the firm’s investment efficiency and increase firm value by reducing the degree of overinvestment. The results generated in this study help scholars and practitioners understand how managerial optimism affects the investment efficiency of firms.

Keywords: Managerial optimism, investment efficiency, overinvestment, underinvestment

JEL Classification: G02, G30

Suggested Citation

Chen, I-Ju and Lin, Shin-Hung, Managerial Optimism, Investment Efficiency, and Firm Valuation (February 27, 2013). Multinational Finance Journal (2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2225819

I-Ju Chen (Contact Author)

Yuan Ze University - College of Management ( email )

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Chung-Li, Taoyuan 32003
Taiwan

Shin-Hung Lin

Yuan Ze University ( email )

135, Far-East Rd., Chung-Li
Taoyuan, ROC
Taiwan

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