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“Executive Networks and Firm Policies: Evidence from the Random Assignment of MBA Peers”
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The 2012 WFA conference Best Paper Award winner, Kelly Shue, Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, explored how social and informal networks of peers impact executive decision-making relating to compensation and acquisitions.
Her paper, “Executive Networks and Firm Policies: Evidence from the Random Assignment of MBA Peers” examined the long-term effect of peer networks among CEOs and CFOs from the same MBA sections at Harvard Business School. Industry leaders interested in understanding executive behaviors and corporate outcomes should add social connections among CEO and CFOs to their explorations, according to Professor Shue.
Shue’s challenge was to determine whether executives are influenced by their section peers at HBS. To address this Shue used WRDS for access to Compustat and ExecuComp, as well as proprietary datasets from HBS. To Shue, WRDS’ file linking was critical. “Linking files is very helpful – each data has different codes and it's often hard to match across different datasets. WRDS provides matching files to improve efficiency and reliability in searching.”
To read more about Professor Shue’s award see the WFA Conference Program.
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