Better Innovators or More Innovators? Managerial Overconfidence and Corporate R&D
Forthcoming at Managerial and Decision Economics
42 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2018
Date Written: February 10, 2018
The aim of this paper is to study the influence of CEOs’ overconfidence on corporate R&D. We analyze a sample of 766 firms from the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands between 2008 and 2013. We use three measures of managerial overconfidence: the press coverage of CEOs, his/her age and his/her experience in the industry. Our results show that the firms run by overconfident managers actually invest more in R&D expenditures, even after controlling for country, industry and time factors. Overconfident managers not only spend more on R&D but also amplify the effect of financial determinants of R&D such as firm liquidity or profitability. Nevertheless, overconfident managers do not invest efficiently in R&D and these expenditures can negatively affect the value of the firm.
Keywords: corporate R&D, overconfidence, behavioral finance
JEL Classification: G02, O32
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