Executive compensation: a calibration approach

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Ivilina Popova ; Joseph G. Haubrich (1998)
  • Subject: Calibration · Executive compensation · Principal-agent.
    • jel: jel:G30 | jel:C60 | jel:J33

We use a version of the Grossman and Hart principal-agent model with 10 actions and 10 states to produce quantitative predictions for executive compensation. Performance incentives derived from the model are compared with the performance incentives of 350 firms chosen from a survey by Michael Jensen and Kevin Murphy. The results suggest both that the model does a reasonable job of explaining the data and that actual incentives are close to the optimal incentives predicted by theory.
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