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Serial CEO incentives and the structure of managerial contracts

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  • Giannetti, Mariassunta

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I explore CEOs' incentives to select firm strategies and to acquire firm-specific skills when CEOs have job-hopping opportunities. Several features of managerial compensation, such as benchmarking of pay to larger and more prestigious companies, payments unrelated to past performance, unrestricted stock awards for highly paid CEOs, long-term incentives, and higher pay in companies granting long-term incentives, emerge in the optimal contract. I argue that the model can explain the change in the structure and the surge in US CEO compensation as well as differences across countries and across firms within a country.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Financial Intermediation.

Volume (Year): 20 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 633-662

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jfinin:v:20:y:2011:i:4:p:633-662

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Keywords: Optimal contracts Executive compensation Managerial labor market Firm-specific vs. general skills;

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