Working Paper | 2016

CEO Personality and Firm Policies

by Ian D. Gow, Steven N. Kaplan, David F. Larcker and Anastasia A. Zakolyukina


Based on two samples of high quality personality data for chief executive officers (CEOs), we use linguistic features extracted from conferences calls and statistical learning techniques to develop a measure of CEO personality in terms of the Big Five traits: agreeableness, conscientiousness, extraversion, neuroticism, and openness to experience. These personality measures have strong out-of-sample predictive performance and are stable over time. Our measures of the Big Five personality traits are associated with financing choices, investment choices, and firm operating performance.

Keywords: Interpersonal Communication; Personal Characteristics; Management Teams;


Gow, Ian D., Steven N. Kaplan, David F. Larcker, and Anastasia A. Zakolyukina. "CEO Personality and Firm Policies." NBER Working Paper Series, No. 22435, July 2016.