Pay for Short-Term Performance: Executive Compensation in Speculative Markets

28 Pages Posted: 15 May 2006 Last revised: 2 Aug 2010

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Patrick Bolton

Columbia Business School - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

José Scheinkman

Columbia University; Princeton University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Wei Xiong

Princeton University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: March 2006

Abstract

We argue that the root cause behind the recent corporate scandals associated with CEO pay is the technology bubble of the latter half of the 1990s. Far from rejecting the optimal incentive contracting theory of executive compensation, the recent evidence on executive pay can be reconciled with classical agency theory once one expands the framework to allow for speculative stock markets.

Suggested Citation

Bolton, Patrick and Scheinkman, José and Xiong, Wei, Pay for Short-Term Performance: Executive Compensation in Speculative Markets (March 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w12107, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=892132

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