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CEO compensation, Option Incentives, and Information Disclosure

Conyon, Martin and Sadler, G (2001) CEO compensation, Option Incentives, and Information Disclosure. Review of Financial Economics, 10 (3). pp. 251-277. ISSN 1058-3300

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Abstract

This paper examines the impact of informationdisclosure on the valuation of CEOoptions and the incentives created by those options. Prior executive compensation research in the US has made assumptions about key input variables that can affect the calculation of option values and financial incentives. Accordingly, biases may have ensued due to incomplete informationdisclosure about noncurrent option grants. Using new data on a sample of UK CEOs, we value executive option holdings and incentives for the first time and estimate the levels of distortion created by the less than complete US-style disclosure requirements. We also investigate the levels of distortion in the UK for the minority of companies that choose to reveal only partial information. Our results suggest that there have to date been few economic biases arising from less than complete informationdisclosure. Furthermore, we demonstrate that researchers using US data, who made reasonable assumptions about the inputs of noncurrent option grants, are unlikely to have made significant errors when calculating CEO financial incentives or option wealth. However, the recent downturn in the US stock market could result in the same assumptions, producing exaggerated incentive estimates in the future.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Review of Financial Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords: CEO compensation ; Executive options ; information disclosure
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Accounting & Finance
ID Code: 53991
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 26 Jun 2012 11:03
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 20:20
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53991

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