Bank Risk Taking at the Onset of the Current Banking Crisis
We analyze bank governance, share ownership, CEO compensation, and bank risk taking in the period leading to the current banking crisis. Using a sample of large U.S. bank holding companies (BHCs), we find that BHCs with greater managerial control, achieved through various corporate governance mechanisms, take less risk. BHCs that pay CEOs high base salaries also take less risk, while BHCs that grant CEOs more in stock options or that pay CEOs higher bonuses take more risk. The evidence is generally consistent with BHC managers exhibiting greater risk aversion than outside shareholders, but with several factors affecting managers' risk-taking incentives. Copyright (c) 2010, The Eastern Finance Association.
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Volume (Year): 45 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
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