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Executive compensation: a calibration approach

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  • Ivilina Popova

    (Krannert Graduate School of Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1310, USA)

  • Joseph G. Haubrich

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    (Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH 44101-1387, USA)

Abstract

We use a version of the Grossman and Hart principal-agent model with 10 actions and 10 states to produce quantitative predictions for executive compensation. Performance incentives derived from the model are compared with the performance incentives of 350 firms chosen from a survey by Michael Jensen and Kevin Murphy. The results suggest both that the model does a reasonable job of explaining the data and that actual incentives are close to the optimal incentives predicted by theory.

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Volume (Year): 12 (1998)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 561-581

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Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:12:y:1998:i:3:p:561-581

Note: Received: August 12, 1997; revised version: October 27, 1997
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Keywords: Calibration · Executive compensation · Principal-agent.;

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  1. Manuel Santos & Jorge Aseff, . "Stock Options and Managerial Optimal Contracts," Working Papers 2133304, Department of Economics, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.
  2. Henry Penikas, 2012. "An Optimal Incentive Contract Preventing Excessive Risk-Taking by a Bank Manager," HSE Working papers WP BRP 03/FE/2012, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
  3. Hueth, Brent & Ligon, Ethan, 2003. "On the Efficacy of Contractual Provisions for Processing Tomatoes," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 21990, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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