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Work-related perks, agency problems, and optimal incentive contracts

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  • Anthony M. Marino
  • Ján Zábojník

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Work-related perks, such as corporate jets, nice offices, and so forth, improve the tradeoff between incentives and insurance that determines the optimal incentive contract. We show that (i) such perks may be offered even if their direct consumption benefits are offset by their costs; (ii) they will be offered for free; (iii) agents in more uncertain production environments will receive more perks; (iv) senior executives should receive more perks; and (v) better corporate governance can lead to more perk consumption by CEOs. Our analysis also offers insights into firms' decisions about how much autonomy they should grant to their employees. Copyright (c) 2008, RAND.

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Volume (Year): 39 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 565-585

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Handle: RePEc:bla:randje:v:39:y:2008:i:2:p:565-585

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  5. Martin Grossmann & Markus Lang & Helmut Dietl, 2011. "Why Taxing Executives' Bonuses Can Foster Risk-Taking Behavior," Working Papers 0150, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU), revised May 2012.
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