CEO Health and Corporate Governance

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Matti Keloharju

Aalto University School of Business; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Samuli Knüpfer

BI Norwegian Business School; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

Joacim Tåg

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

Date Written: March 25, 2020

Abstract

Boards hire and fire CEOs based on imperfect information. Using comprehensive data on 28 cohorts in Sweden, we analyze the role of a potentially important unobserved attribute—CEO health—in corporate governance. We find CEOs are significantly healthier than the population and other high-skill professionals, in particular in mental health. Health at appointment predicts turnover, suggesting boards respond to health problems and correct mismatches that occurred at the time of appointment. Health-related corporate governance appears to work imperfectly, however, as we find CEO health also associates with firm policies requiring an active CEO role.

Keywords: CEOs, Corporate Governance, Executives, Mental Health, Physical Health

JEL Classification: G34; I12; J24; J31

Suggested Citation

Keloharju, Matti and Knüpfer, Samuli and Tåg, Joacim, CEO Health and Corporate Governance (March 25, 2020). IFN Working Paper No. 1326. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=

Matti Keloharju

Aalto University School of Business ( email )

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Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) ( email )

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Sweden

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London
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Samuli Knüpfer

BI Norwegian Business School ( email )

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Norway

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Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

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Stockholm, SE-102 15
Sweden

Joacim Tåg (Contact Author)

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) ( email )

Box 55665
Grevgatan 34, 2nd floor
Stockholm, SE-102 15
Sweden

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