Executive Compensation and the Cost of Debt

47 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2010 Last revised: 8 Jul 2013

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Rezaul Kabir

University of Twente

Hao Li

Heriot-Watt University

Yulia V. Veld-Merkoulova

Monash University - Department of Finance; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

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Date Written: February 1, 2013


This study examines how different components of executive compensation affect the cost of debt. We find that debt-like and equity-like pay components have differing effects: an increase in defined benefit pensions is associated with lower bond yield spread, while higher share holdings lead to higher spreads. In addition, we find that stock options have a mixed impact on the cost of debt whereas cash bonus has no significant impact. Overall, our results indicate that corporate bondholders are fully aware of both risk-taking and risk-avoiding incentives created by various executive pay components.

Keywords: Executive compensation, CEO pay, Cost of debt, Yield spread

JEL Classification: G31, G34

Suggested Citation

Kabir, Rezaul and Li, Hao and Veld-Merkoulova, Yulia V., Executive Compensation and the Cost of Debt (February 1, 2013). Journal of Banking and Finance, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1537318 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1537318

Rezaul Kabir

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Hao Li

Heriot-Watt University ( email )

Edinburgh, Scotland EH14 4AS
United Kingdom

Yulia V. Veld-Merkoulova (Contact Author)

Monash University - Department of Finance ( email )

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Caulfield, Victoria 3145

Financial Research Network (FIRN) ( email )

C/- University of Queensland Business School
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