Are Good Deeds Rewarded? Director Awards and the Market for Directorships
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Prior studies document that board directors who fail to act as effective monitors of management are penalized by the labor market in the form of fewer subsequent board seats. However, there is little evidence on how the market rewards directors for exceptional advising and monitoring on corporate boards. In this paper, I use national director awards as a positive shock to directors’ reputations and examine changes in board seats for award-winning directors. Award-winning directors gain more board seats than non-winning directors, both after and before the awards. Event study tests suggest that the quality of award-winning directors may have been revealed to the labor market before the awards but not to the broader stock market. Stock market reactions to appointments of award-winning directors are positive and statistically significant only after the awards, not before.