Skilled Labor Risk and Corporate Policies
Review of Corporate Finance Studies, Forthcoming
43 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2017 Last revised: 17 Jun 2021
Date Written: February 28, 2021
We measure U.S. listed companies’ skilled labor risk, i.e., the potential failure in attracting and retaining skilled labor, by the intensity of discussions on this issue in 10-K filings. We show that this measure effectively captures firm risk due to the mobility of skilled labor. We find that an increase from the 25th percentile to the 75th percentile in the skilled labor risk would increase the skilled labor wage by 22% (or $15,593), and also leads to a higher equity-based incentive pay. The skilled labor risk also interacts with other corporate policies such as financial leverage, cash holdings, and M&As.
Keywords: Skilled labor, labor mobility, labor skill, incentive pay, compensation, H-1B, leverage, cash holding, M&A
JEL Classification: G30, G32, G34, H20, J20, J24, J40, J41
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