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High powered Incentives and Fraudulent Behavior: Stock based versus Stock Option based Compensation

  • R. Andergassen

This paper examines the trade-off shareholders face between providing managers with incentives to exert beneficial effort and to engage in costly fraudulent activity. We provide a solution to the optimal compensation problem, given that shareholders can either grant (restricted) stock or stock options and given fixed average compensation costs.

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Paper provided by Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna in its series Working Papers with number 542.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:bol:bodewp:542
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