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Executive Compensation, Risk Taking and the State of the Economy


Alon Raviv


Brandeis University - International Business School

Elif Sisli Ciamarra


Brandeis University

August 2011


Abstract:     
In this paper we present a model of executive compensation to analyze the link between incentive compensation and risk taking. Our model takes into account the loss in the value of an executive’s expected wealth from employment if the firm becomes insolvent during a bad state of the economy. We illustrate that a given compensation package may lead to different levels of asset risk under different economic states. Most importantly, we show that the positive relationship between equity-based compensation and risk taking may weaken and possibly disappear during systemic financial crises. An important policy implication from our analysis is that similar regulations may have different effects on risk taking depending on the state of the economy.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 39

Keywords: executive compensation, risk taking, regulation, equity based compensation, economic crisis

JEL Classification: G12, G13, G21, G28, G38, E58

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Date posted: December 6, 2010 ; Last revised: September 1, 2011

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Raviv, Alon and Sisli Ciamarra, Elif, Executive Compensation, Risk Taking and the State of the Economy (August 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1719426 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1719426

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Alon Raviv (Contact Author)
Brandeis University - International Business School ( email )
Mailstop 32
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
United States
Elif Sisli Ciamarra
Brandeis University ( email )
Mailstop 32
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
United States
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