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Are Founder CEOs more Overconfident than Professional CEOs? Evidence from S&P 1500 Companies

36 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2014 Last revised: 23 Oct 2015

Joon Mahn Lee

Purdue University - Krannert School of Management

Byoung-Hyoun Hwang

Cornell University - Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management; Korea University - Department of Finance

Hailiang Chen

City University of Hong Kong - Department of Information Systems

Date Written: October 22, 2015

Abstract

We provide evidence that founder CEOs of large S&P 1500 companies are more overconfident than their non-founder counterparts (“professional CEOs”). We approximate overconfidence via CEO tweets, CEO statements during earnings-conference calls, management-earnings forecasts, and CEO option-exercise behavior. Compared with professional CEOs, founder CEOs use more optimistic language on Twitter and during earnings-conference calls. In addition, founder CEOs are more likely to issue earnings forecasts that are too high; they are also more likely to perceive their firm to be undervalued as implied by their option-exercise behavior. To date, investors appear unaware of the “overconfidence bias” among founders.

Keywords: Overconfidence, Founder CEOs, Professional CEOs, Corporate Governance

JEL Classification: G30, L26, M12

Suggested Citation

Lee, Joon Mahn and Hwang, Byoung-Hyoun and Chen, Hailiang, Are Founder CEOs more Overconfident than Professional CEOs? Evidence from S&P 1500 Companies (October 22, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2510549 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2510549

Joon Mahn Lee

Purdue University - Krannert School of Management ( email )

1310 Krannert Building
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1310
United States

Byoung-Hyoun Hwang (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management ( email )

Ithaca, NY
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.bhwang.com

Korea University - Department of Finance

Seoul, 136-701
United States

Hailiang Chen

City University of Hong Kong - Department of Information Systems ( email )

Kowloon Tong
Hong Kong

HOME PAGE: http://www.cb.cityu.edu.hk/staff/hailchen/

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