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Executive Compensation Based on Asset Values

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  • Byström, Hans

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

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This paper describes how credit default swaps could be employed to create performance based executive compensation portfolios that reflect the value of a firm’s debt as well as equity; i.e. the total value of all a firm’s assets. So-called Asset Value Unit (AVU) compensation portfolios are defined and compared to ordinary (long-term incentive) stock compensation portfolios for a range of banks from the recent EU-wide stress testing exercise conducted by the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS). While our study is limited to bank executives, the suggested method of paying executives using credit default swaps in addition to stocks also works for non-financial firms as well as for non-executives. The empirical results suggest that executive/CEO compensation plans based on asset values behave more reasonably than traditional equity based plans.

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Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2010:9.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 14 Aug 2010
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Publication status: Published as Byström, Hans, 'Executive Compensation Based on Asset Values' in Economics Bulletin, 2012, pages 1498-1502.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2010_009

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Keywords: executive pay; executive compensation; stock; credit default swap; bank; stress test;

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  1. Patrick Bolton & Hamid Mehran & Joel Shapiro, 2010. "Executive compensation and risk taking," Staff Reports 456, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
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