In the paper, CEO Personality and Firm Policies, which was recently made publicly available on SSRN, we use two samples of high quality personality data for chief executive officers (CEOs) and the way they speak during question-and-answer (Q&A) portion of earnings conference calls 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.
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