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The Risk and Incentives Trade-off in the Presence of Heterogeneous Man agers

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  • Wright, Donald J.

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Agency theory predicts a negative relationship between risk and incentives, yet recent empirical evidence has not consistently found such a relationship. In fact, some researchers have found a positive relationship. By introducing competition for heterogeneous managers, who differ in their degrees of risk aversion, into a standard agency model, this paper demonstrates that a negative or positive relationship is theoretically possible. Which arises depends on the relative risk aversion parameters of the managers and the absolute and relative riskiness of the environments.

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Paper provided by University of Sydney, School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2.

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Handle: RePEc:syd:wpaper:2123/7706

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  1. Sanford Grossman & Oliver Hart, . "An Analysis of the Principal-Agent Problem," Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research Working Papers 15-80, Wharton School Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research.
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  1. Patrick Legros & Andrew Newman, 2007. "Beauty is a beast, frog is a prince: assortative matching in a nontransferable world," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/7022, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  2. Kräkel, Matthias, 2007. "Limited Liability and the Trade-off between Risk and Incentives," Discussion Paper Series of SFB/TR 15 Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems 201, Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Bonn, University of Mannheim, University of Munich.
  3. Cornelissen, Thomas & Heywood, John S. & Jirjahn, Uwe, 2011. "Performance pay, risk attitudes and job satisfaction," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 18(2), pages 229-239, April.
  4. Marco A. Marini & Paolo Polidori & Desiree Teobaldelli & Davide Ticchi, 2014. "Optimal Incentives in a Principal-Agent Model with Endogenous Technology," DIAG Technical Reports 2014-01, Department of Computer, Control and Management Engineering, Universita' degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza".
  5. Patrick Legros & Andrew F. Newman, 2007. "Beauty Is a Beast, Frog Is a Prince: Assortative Matching with Nontransferabilities," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 75(4), pages 1073-1102, 07.
  6. Papa, Gianluca & Speciale, Biagio, 2011. "Financial leverage and managerial compensation: Evidence from the UK," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 65(1), pages 36-46, March.
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  8. Li, Fei & Ueda, Masako, 2009. "Why do reputable agents work for safer firms?," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 6(1), pages 2-12, March.

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