Managerial Compensation and Stock Price Manipulation

Posted: 23 May 2019

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Josef Schroth

Government of Canada - Bank of Canada

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Date Written: December 1, 2018


This paper studies the role of optimal managerial compensation in reducing uncertainty about manager reporting objectives. It is shown that, paradoxically, firm owners allow managers with higher propensity to manipulate the short‐term stock price to push for higher powered and more short‐term‐focused equity incentives. Such managers also work harder, and manipulate more, but may not generate higher firm profits. The model is consistent with existing empirical findings about the relationship between manipulation and equity pay, suggesting that heterogeneity in manager manipulation propensities may be an important driver of heterogeneity in pay. Novel testable predictions are developed.

Keywords: managerial compensation contracts; stock price manipulation; private information; duration of equity incentives

JEL Classification: D82; D86; G30; M12; M40

Suggested Citation

Schroth, Josef, Managerial Compensation and Stock Price Manipulation (December 1, 2018). Journal of Accounting Research, Vol. 56, No. 5, 2018. Available at SSRN:

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