CEO Turnover Announcements and Information Frictions

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2019-08-31
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John, Kose
Tian, Xu
Liu, Christine
Zhang, Haofei
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This paper analyzes the market reaction to CEO turnover announcements in the presence of information frictions. We find that the market reaction to forced CEO turnover announcements is negatively related to the level of asymmetric information between a firm and its investors. No such relation exists for voluntary turnovers. We also find that in cases where information frictions are high, companies attempt to present forced turnover as voluntary and this behavior leads to a less negative market response. Overall, our results suggest that firms act strategically when disclosing information about CEO turnover to avoid a negative market reaction.
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CEO turnover, information asymmetry, corporate governance, information disclosure, market reaction
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