Do CEOs Affect Employees' Political Choices
Forthcoming in Review of Financial Studies
70 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2017 Last revised: 3 May 2019
Date Written: April 29, 2019
We study the relation between CEO and employee campaign contributions and find that CEO-supported political candidates receive three times more money from employees than the candidates not supported by the CEO. This relation holds around CEO departures, including plausibly exogenous departures due to retirement or death. Equity returns are significantly higher when CEO-supported candidates win elections than when employee-supported candidates win, suggesting that CEOs’ campaign contributions are more aligned with the interests of shareholders than are employee contributions. Finally, employees whose donations are misaligned with the political preferences of their CEOs are more likely to leave their employer.
Keywords: campaign contribution, elections, voting, CEOs, political activism, PACs, political candidates, voter turnout
JEL Classification: G30, G38, D72, P48
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