Toxic Emissions and Executive Migration

43 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2018

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Ross Levine

University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Chen Lin

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Business and Economics

Zigan Wang

The University of Hong Kong - School of Economics and Finance; Columbia University

Date Written: March 2018

Abstract

We study the impact of toxic emissions on the migration of corporate executives. We link data on the opening of industrial plants emitting toxic air pollutants with information on the career paths of executives at all S&P 1500 firms over the 1996-2014 period. We find that (1) the opening of toxic emitting plants increases the rate at which executives leave geographically close firms and move to firms in less polluted areas, (2) stock returns fall when these “treated” executives announce their departures, and (3) the replacement executives have less experience than the departing executives.

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Suggested Citation

Levine, Ross Eric and Lin, Chen and Wang, Zigan, Toxic Emissions and Executive Migration (March 2018). NBER Working Paper No. w24389. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3138342

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Chen Lin

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