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Overpaid CEOs Got FDIC Debt Guarantees

Linus Wilson

University of Louisiana at Lafayette - College of Business Administration

Yan Wu

Wilfrid Laurier University

December 27, 2011

From 2008 to 2009, the FDIC guaranteed hundreds of billions of dollars of newly issued bank debt through the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program (TLGP). We find that CEOs making more than their peer groups were significantly more likely to steer their companies to obtain federal guarantees for their banks’ debt. The average bank in our sample with a debt guarantee had a CEO who was paid $1.6 million per year more than the average CEO in his or her peer group. In addition, there is strong evidence that large, systemically important banks were more likely to obtain FDIC debt guarantees.

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Keywords: bailout, banks, CDS, Citigroup, CEO Compensation, corporate governance, credit default swaps, debt, debt guarantees, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, emergency lending, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve, financial crisis, FOIA, Freedom

JEL Classification: G01, G18, G2, G28

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Date posted: December 28, 2011  

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Wilson, Linus and Wu, Yan, Overpaid CEOs Got FDIC Debt Guarantees (December 27, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1977345 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1977345

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Linus Wilson (Contact Author)
University of Louisiana at Lafayette - College of Business Administration ( email )
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Yan Wu
Wilfrid Laurier University ( email )
75 University Ave W
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5
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