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Valuing restricted stock grants to non-executive employees

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  • Abudy, Menachem (Meni)
  • Benninga, Simon

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We estimate the value of restricted stock (RS) grants to non-executive employees using a unique proprietary database by calibrating theoretical models that account for the non-marketability of securities and the potential effects of the employee's non-diversification. The calibration results predict an average discount of 30.3% on the RS grant. This discount depends on firm and industry characteristics, is significantly higher during the financial crisis and robust across time and across industries. The discount increases when the employee is undiversified because of the granted stocks. The findings contribute to the discussion on the efficiency of RS grants to non-executive employees, which became a dominant form of equity-based compensation.

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  • Abudy, Menachem (Meni) & Benninga, Simon, 2016. "Valuing restricted stock grants to non-executive employees," Journal of Economics and Business, Elsevier, vol. 86(C), pages 33-51.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jebusi:v:86:y:2016:i:c:p:33-51 DOI: 10.1016/j.jeconbus.2016.04.002
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    Keywords

    Non-marketability discount; Restricted stocks compensation;

    JEL classification:

    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing

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