Restricting CEO Pay

46 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2010 Last revised: 25 Jun 2011

Ingolf Dittmann

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE); Tinbergen Institute; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Ernst G. Maug

University of Mannheim Business School; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Dan Zhang

BI Norwegian Business School

Date Written: February 23, 2011

Abstract

We analyze several proposals to restrict CEO compensation and calibrate two models of executive compensation that describe how firms would react to different types of restrictions. We find that many restrictions would have unintended consequences. Restrictions on total realized (ex-post) payouts lead to higher average compensation, higher rewards for mediocre performance, lower risk-taking incentives, and the fact that some CEOs would be better off with a restriction than without it. Restrictions on total ex-ante pay lead to a reduction in the firm's demand for CEO talent and effort. Restrictions on particular pay components, and especially on cash payouts, can be easily circumvented. While restrictions on option pay lead to lower risk-taking incentives, restrictions on incentive pay (stock and options) result in higher risk-taking incentives.

Keywords: Executive compensation, caps on pay, loss aversion

JEL Classification: G30, M52

Suggested Citation

Dittmann, Ingolf and Maug, Ernst G. and Zhang, Dan, Restricting CEO Pay (February 23, 2011). Journal of Corporate Finance, Forthcoming; ECGI - Finance Working Paper No. 291/2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1660490

Ingolf Dittmann

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) ( email )

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Tinbergen Institute

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Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

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European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) ( email )

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Ernst G. Maug (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim Business School ( email )

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Mannheim, 68131
Germany
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European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

c/o ECARES ULB CP 114
B-1050 Brussels
Belgium

Dan Zhang

BI Norwegian Business School ( email )

Nydalsveien 37
Oslo, 0442
Norway

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