Voice Pitch and the Labor Market Success of Male Chief Executive Officers

@article{Mayew2013VoicePA,
  title={Voice Pitch and the Labor Market Success of Male Chief Executive Officers},
  author={William J. Mayew and Christopher Parsons and M. Venkatachalam},
  journal={Evolution and Human Behavior},
  year={2013},
  volume={34},
  pages={243-248}
}
A deep voice is evolutionarily advantageous for males, but does it confer benefit in competition for leadership positions? We study ecologically valid speech from 792 male public-company Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and find that CEOs with deeper voices manage larger companies, and as a result, make more money. After including proxies for other CEO attributes including experience, education and formant position, we document economically significant voice pitch effects. For the median CEO of… Expand
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