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Stock Market Reaction and Stock Option Plans: Evidence from Germany

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  • Christian Langmann

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Stock option plans are probably one of the most controversially discussed compensation elements of the past few years. I look at stock option plans issued by German companies between 1996 and 2002. In addition to a descriptive analysis of 44 launched plans, I perform an event study covering 17 announcements of stock option plan adoptions during this period. The findings show significant positive stock market reactions of around 1% on the day of announcement in the press. Thus, stock option plans appear to be an instrument whose effect outweighs its cost of increasing shareholder value. Significant positive abnormal returns in the weeks preceding the announcements indicate that the timing of stock options coincides with positive market developments just before the adoption of the stock option plans is announced.

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  • Christian Langmann, 2007. "Stock Market Reaction and Stock Option Plans: Evidence from Germany," Schmalenbach Business Review (sbr), LMU Munich School of Management, vol. 59(1), pages 85-106, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:sbr:abstra:v:59:y:2007:i:1:p:85-106
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    1. McSweeney, Brendan, 2009. "The roles of financial asset market failure denial and the economic crisis: Reflections on accounting and financial theories and practices," Accounting, Organizations and Society, Elsevier, vol. 34(6-7), pages 835-848, August.
    2. Carpenter, Jennifer N. & Stanton, Richard & Wallace, Nancy, 2010. "Optimal exercise of executive stock options and implications for firm cost," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 98(2), pages 315-337, November.
    3. Koustubh Kanti Ray, 2016. "Employee stock option plan and firm performance: A quantile regression approach," Asian Journal of Empirical Research, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 6(6), pages 152-166, June.

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    Keywords

    Compensation; Event Study; Stock Option;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
    • M52 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Compensation and Compensation Methods and Their Effects

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