Compensation Regulation in Banking: Executive Director Behavior and Bank Performance after the EU Bonus Cap
IWH Discussion Papers 7/2018, Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH)
97 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2018 Last revised: 7 Dec 2020
Date Written: December 7, 2020
We investigate the (unintended) effects of bank executive compensation regulation. Capping the share of variable compensation spurred average turnover rates driven by CEOs at poorly performing banks. Other than that, banks' responses to raise fixed compensation sufficed to retain the vast majority of non-CEO executives and those at well performing banks. We fail to find evidence that banks with executives that are more affected by the bonus cap became less risky. In fact, numerous results indicate an increase of risk, even in its systemic dimension according to selected measures. The return component of bank performance appears to be unaffected by the bonus cap. Risk hikes are consistent with an insurance effect associated with raised the increase in fixed compensation of executives. The ability of the policy to enhance financial stability is therefore doubtful.
Keywords: Banks, Bonus Cap, Executive Compensation, Executive Turnover
JEL Classification: G21, G32, G34
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