CEO power and labor-friendly policy

Humyra Jabeen Bristy, Jianlei Han, Gary Gang Tian

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This paper explores the effect of the presence of powerful CEOs on the quality of their workplace and finds that firms with powerful CEOs invest less in labor-friendly programs and that this does not significantly affect firm value. However, the effect is attenuated for firms in some industries such as those that are highly competitive, those with a high level of innovation intensity, and those with high labor bargaining power. Policies emphasizing friendliness toward employees in highly competitive industries, in innovation-intensive industries, and in union-intensive industries are found to enhance firm value. Our study thus underscores the importance of industry heterogeneity in understanding the relationship between CEO power and labor-friendly policy.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101699
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalPacific-Basin Finance Journal
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022


  • Powerful CEOs
  • Employee-friendly workplace
  • Competition
  • Innovation
  • Bargaining power of labor


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