This study aims to explore whether various characteristics of chief executive officers (CEO) enhance the impact of CEO overconfidence on a firm’s value after mergers and acquisitions. The study finds that overconfident CEOs have a positive impact on firm value after mergers and acquisitions. The study also shows that overconfidence amongst CEOs can help to explain merger and acquisition decisions and the likelihood of pursuing acquisitions. Young CEOs were also found to significantly increase the impact of CEO overconfidence on a firm’s value after mergers and acquisitions, while female CEOs were found to be more risk averse when compared to their male peers, with lower leverage and less volatility in their firms when compared to firms run by male CEOs.
Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies 23(1), 2050003 (19 pages)