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Cambridge Finance Workshop - Ilona Babenko

Cambridge Finance Workshop Series are usually held on Thursdays during term time. The workshops are an opportunity for those working in finance to present their latest results or papers.
When Nov 09, 2017
from 12:45 PM to 01:45 PM
Where Room W2.01 Cambridge Judge Business School
Contact Name
Contact Phone 01223768129
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Ilona Babenko

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Associate Professor, Arizona State University

Do CEOs Affect Employees' Political Choices?

We analyze how the political preferences of CEOs affect their employees’ campaign contributions and electoral choices. We find that employees donate almost three times more money to CEO-supported political candidates than to candidates not supported by the CEO. This relation also holds around CEO departures, including plausibly exogenous departures due to retirement or death. CEO influence is strongest in firms that explicitly advocate for political candidates and firms with politically connected CEOs. We also find evidence that CEO influence increases political disagreement among members of the same household, which may be welfare-decreasing. Finally, employees are more likely to vote in elections in those congressional districts where CEOs are more politically active. Overall, our results suggest that CEOs are a political force.


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