Executive Compensation

91 Pages Posted: 19 May 1999

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Kevin J. Murphy

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business; USC Gould School of Law

Date Written: April 1998


This paper summarizes the empirical and theoretical research on executive compensation and provides a comprehensive and up-to-date description of pay practices (and trends in pay practices) for chief executive officers (CEOs). Topics discussed include the level and structure of CEO pay (including detailed analyses of annual bonus plans, executive stock options, and option valuation), international pay differences, the pay-setting process, the relation between CEO pay and firm performance ("pay-performance sensitivities"), the relation between sensitivities and subsequent firm performance, relative performance evaluation, executive turnover, and the politics of CEO pay.

JEL Classification: J33, J41, G30

Suggested Citation

Murphy, Kevin J., Executive Compensation (April 1998). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=163914 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.163914

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