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The Complexity of CEO Compensation

Arantxa Jarque

No 14-16, Working Paper from Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Abstract: I study firm characteristics that justify the use of options or refresher grants in the optimal compensation packages for CEOs in the presence of moral hazard. I model explicitly the determination of stock prices as a function of the output realizations of the firm: Symmetric learning by all parties about the exogenous quality of the firm makes stock prices sensitive to output observations. Compensation packages are designed to transform this sensitivity of prices-to-output into the sensitivity of consumption-to-output that is dictated by the optimal contract. Heterogeneity in the structure of firm uncertainty implies that some firms are able to implement the optimal contract with very simple schemes that do not include options, refresher grants, or perks, while others need to use these more complex and potentially less transparent instruments.

JEL-codes: G30 D86 D82 D80 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 46 pages
Date: 2014-10-02, Revised 2014-10-02
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