Labor Market Benefit of Disaggregated Disclosure

47 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2020

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Sean Cao

Georgia State University - J. Mack Robinson College of Business

Yinghua Li

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Accountancy

Guang Ma

McGill University - Desautels Faculty of Management

Date Written: August 20, 2020

Abstract

Asymmetric information is a fundamental friction that results in mismatches and efficiency losses in the labor market. In this paper, we posit that more disaggregated financial disclosure from a CEO candidate’s prior employer can help the hiring firm better assess the possible fit between its operational needs and the candidate’s skill set. Using a mandatory segment reporting reform in the U.S. (SFAS 131) as an exogenous shock to disclosure disaggregation, we find a significant increase in the firm-CEO match quality when the hiring firm has access to more disaggregated segment information about the external candidate’s past employment. Further, the improvement in firm-CEO matching is greater when segment information is more pertinent to evaluation of candidate skills, and when it is incrementally more useful. These findings reveal a novel labor market benefit of disaggregated disclosure: alleviating pre-hiring information deficiencies and facilitating efficient allocation of CEO talent across firms.

Keywords: asymmetric information, disclosure disaggregation, matching, labor market frictions, CEO hiring, executive labor market

JEL Classification: D82, D83, M41, J23, J24

Suggested Citation

Cao, Sean S. and Li, Yinghua and Ma, Guang, Labor Market Benefit of Disaggregated Disclosure (August 20, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3686366 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3686366

Sean S. Cao

Georgia State University - J. Mack Robinson College of Business ( email )

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Yinghua Li

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Accountancy ( email )

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Guang Ma (Contact Author)

McGill University - Desautels Faculty of Management ( email )

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