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Stock option compensation and equity values

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  • Panu Kalmi

    () (Helsinki School of Economics)

Abstract

I present a model where increasing employee participation in a stock option scheme leads to higher performance but with a cost to shareholders. I show that firms with higher market values per employee are more likely to have an option scheme and they offer stock options to a broader group of employees. The model yields empirical predictions that are consistent with the stock option boom of the late 1990s and their reduced popularity after the stock market decline.

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  • Panu Kalmi, 2006. "Stock option compensation and equity values," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 10(2), pages 1-8.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-06j30001
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    Keywords

    compensation;

    JEL classification:

    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs

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