Milidonis, Andreas, and Konstantinos Stathopoulos.
Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 49 (02): 453-481.
Publication year: 2014
  • Our results challenge the common assumption that the provision of convex payoffs to managers always increases their appetite for risk.
  • We find empirical evidence that risk-averse CEOs reduce firm risk even in the presence of strong risk taking incentives.
  • We posit that managerial career concerns enhance managerial CEO risk aversion.
  • CEOs in highly levered firms or firms with high default probability behave more conservatively than CEOs with lower leverage or lower default probabilities.