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Investor sentiment, executive compensation, and corporate investment

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  • Grundy, Bruce D.
  • Li, Hui
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We develop a model that predicts corporate investment level increases with investors' optimism and that the relationship between investment level and executive compensation depends on investor sentiment and other parameters. The empirical test shows that optimism is significantly and positively related to the level of investment and that executive compensation is insignificantly related to the level of investment. The managerial share ownership is positively related to the level of investment, conditional on the degree of optimism. The empirical results suggest that executives make investment decisions that not only cater to investor sentiment but also reflect their own interest in the company.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Banking & Finance.

Volume (Year): 34 (2010)
Issue (Month): 10 (October)
Pages: 2439-2449

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:34:y:2010:i:10:p:2439-2449

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Keywords: Investor sentiment Corporate investment Executive compensation Behavioral finance;

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  1. Hodder, James E. & Jackwerth, Jens Carsten, 2011. "Managerial responses to incentives: Control of firm risk, derivative pricing implications, and outside wealth management," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 35(6), pages 1507-1518, June.
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