Common Ownership, Competition, and Top Management Incentives

59 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2016 Last revised: 6 Jun 2018

Miguel Anton

IESE Business School, Universidad de Navarra

Florian Ederer

Yale School of Management; Yale University - Cowles Foundation

Mireia Gine

IESE Business School, University of Navarra ; The University of Pennsylvania

Martin C. Schmalz

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business; CEPR; CESifo; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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Date Written: June 1, 2018

Abstract

When one firm's strategy affects other firms' value, optimal executive incentives depend on whether shareholders have interests in only one or in multiple firms. Performance-sensitive contracts induce managerial effort to reduce costs, and lower costs induce higher output. Hence, greater managerial effort can lead to lower product prices and industry profits. Therefore, steep managerial incentives can be optimal for a single firm and at the same time violate the interests of common owners of several firms in the same industry. Empirically, managerial wealth is more sensitive to performance when a firm's largest shareholders do not own large stakes in competitors.

Keywords: Common ownership, competition, CEO pay, management incentives, governance

JEL Classification: D21, G30, G32, J31, J41

Suggested Citation

Anton, Miguel and Ederer, Florian and Gine, Mireia and Schmalz, Martin C., Common Ownership, Competition, and Top Management Incentives (June 1, 2018). Ross School of Business Paper No. 1328; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) - Finance Working Paper No. 511/2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2802332 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2802332

Miguel Anton

IESE Business School, Universidad de Navarra ( email )

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Florian Ederer

Yale School of Management ( email )

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Mireia Gine

IESE Business School, University of Navarra ( email )

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Martin C. Schmalz (Contact Author)

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business ( email )

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