TESTS OF TWO OPTIMAL INCENTIVE MODELS FOR EXECUTIVE STOCK OPTIONS

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Jean M. Canil, Bruce A. Rosser

DOI:10.22495/cocv9i1art9

Abstract

Using a unique data set, we test theoretical propositions relating to grant size and exercise price in determination of optimal executive compensation. For Hall and Murphy, pay-performance sensitivity does not behave as predicted with respect to CEO risk aversion and diversification, but the latter supports observed grant size while ATM grants exhibit positive abnormal returns as predicted. Consistent with Choe, exercise price is found inversely related to leverage. The unexpected positive relation between grant size and stock volatility is conjectured driven by CEOs’ influencing large grants, which are found associated with weak corporate governance but ameliorated by outside directors.

Keywords: Executive, Stock Options, Optimal, Grant Size, Exercise Price, Influence

How to cite this paper: Canil, J. M., & Rosser, B. A. (2011). Tests of two optimal incentive models for executive stock options. Corporate Ownership & Control, 9(1), 136-155. http://dx.doi.org/10.22495/cocv9i1art9