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A Note On Using Excessive Perks To Restrain The Hidden Saving Problem


  • Chien, YiLi
  • Song, Joon


We offer an explanation for why perks are overprovided to high-profile CEOs. Hidden saving by an agent makes it difficult for a principal to control the agent's moral hazard problem. However, an agent typically cannot save perks; for example, a CEO who owns the right to use a private jet for personal use cannot bank the unused airplane hours. Thus, the principal may oversupply the agent perks to avoid the hidden saving problem. When the agent can both exert lower effort and save wage income, i.e., in the presence of the double deviation problem, we show that the principal supplies more perks than the agent would have purchased on his own (i.e., excessive perks).

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  • Chien, YiLi & Song, Joon, 2014. "A Note On Using Excessive Perks To Restrain The Hidden Saving Problem," Macroeconomic Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 18(2), pages 480-496, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:macdyn:v:18:y:2014:i:02:p:480-496_00

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    1. Wang, Cheng, 1997. "Incentives, CEO Compensation, and Shareholder Wealth in a Dynamic Agency Model," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 76(1), pages 72-105, September.
    2. Maurizio Caserta & Livio Ferrante & Francesco Reito, 2020. "Who pays for workplace benefits?," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 88(4), pages 556-574, July.

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