The relative-age effect and career success: Evidence from corporate CEOs

Qianqian Du, Huasheng Gao, Maurice D. Levi

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Abstract

This paper finds that the number of CEOs born in June and July is disproportionately small relative to the number of CEOs born in other months. Our evidence is consistent with the "relative-age effect" due to school admissions grouping together children with age differences up to one year, with children born in June and July disadvantaged throughout life by being younger than their classmates born in other months. Our results suggest that the relative-age effect has a long-lasting influence on career success.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)660-662
Number of pages3
JournalEconomics Letters
Volume117
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Career success
  • CEO birth-date
  • Relative-age

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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