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Do Shareholders Benefit from the Adoption of Incentive Pay for
Directors?

33 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2001  

Mason S. Gerety

Northern Arizona University - Department of Finance

Chun Keung (Stan) Hoi

Rochester Institute of Technology - Saunders College of Business

Ashok Robin

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

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Abstract

We assess the stock market reaction to proposals of incentive plans for directors in a sample of 289 firms. We note a reaction that is both economically and statistically insignificant. This result suggests that shareholders do not necessarily benefit from the adoption of such plans. Across firms we find that the market reaction depends on whether the CEO is involved in director selection. We find that stock markets react negatively to plans proposed by firms without nomination committees. Our findings highlight the important link between corporate governance and the effectiveness of director incentive plans.

Keywords: Board of Directors, Corporate Governance, Incentive Compensation

JEL Classification: G3, G34

Suggested Citation

Gerety, Mason S. and Hoi, Chun Keung (Stan) and Robin, Ashok, Do Shareholders Benefit from the Adoption of Incentive Pay for Directors?. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=291054 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.291054

Mason S. Gerety

Northern Arizona University - Department of Finance ( email )

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Chun Keung (Stan) Hoi (Contact Author)

Rochester Institute of Technology - Saunders College of Business ( email )

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Ashok Robin

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) ( email )

College of Business
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United States
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