Trainspotting: Board Appointments in Private Firms
49 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2021
Date Written: February 2021
This paper examines how the size of the corporate directors' labor market affects board appointments in Italian private limited liability firms. As an exogenous shock to a firm's access to potential non-local directors, we exploit the gradual expansion of the high-speed railway network that improves intercity mobility. We find that the non-local supply of directors increases the positive assortative matching between directors and firms: high-quality firms improve the quality of their boards, while low-quality firms reduce it. We also show that director quality is positively associated with firm growth and productivity, and negatively associated with the probability of default.
JEL Classification: G32, G34
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