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Determinants and consequences of tournament incentives: A survey of the literature in accounting and finance

Sophia Li Sun and Ahsan Habib

Research in International Business and Finance, 2020, vol. 54, issue C

Abstract: This paper synthesizes the theoretical underpinnings of tournament models, reviews the extant empirical literature on the determinants and consequences of tournament incentives, critiques the findings and offers suggestions for future research. We synthesize findings from 63 empirical papers and find that several firm-level fundamental and corporate governance variables affect the structure of corporate tournaments. Our review of the consequences of tournament structure reveals that tournaments affect financial reporting and auditing as well as firm-level operational and capital market-based outcomes. This review reveals that the existing accounting and finance literature lacks a strong justification for why one theory rather than another is favored. Moreover, based on potential problems that may exist in empirical models, this review also offers some methodological implications for empirical tournament studies.

Keywords: Tournament incentives; Incentive compensation; Corporate governance; Financial reporting; Capital markets (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ribaf.2020.101256

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