32 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2008
Date Written: May 1996
We test the hypothesis that corporate managers leave their jobs less often when they receive stock-based compensation. In a sample of CEOs from 452 U.S. companies between 1984 and 1991, we find inverse associations between the probability of CEO turnover and the amount of stock option compensation in relation to cash pay. The association is even stronger when we exclude apparently involuntary CEO turnover. Our results suggest that stock-based compensation plays a significant role in helping firms retain the services of top managers.
Keywords: Compensation, Ownership, Incentives, Turnover
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Mehran, Hamid and Yermack, David, Stock-Based Compensation and Top Management Turnover (May 1996). NYU Working Paper No. FIN-96-035. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1298300