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Optimal Executive Compensation: Bonus, Golden Parachutes, Stock Ownership and Stock Options

Chongwoo Choe
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D82 - Asymmetric and Private Information
G32 - Financing Policy; Capital and Ownership Structure
J33 - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
This paper studies optimal managerial contracts applying both complete and incomplete contracting approaches. In a complete contracting environment where contracts can be based on earnings, an optimal contract is interpreted as a combination of base salary, golden parachute and bonus. When earnings are not veri able, two types of optimal contracts are derived: a contract with restricted stock ownership, and a contract with stock options. These three types of optimal contracts are payoff-equivalent in a strong sense: agents' ex ante and ex post payoffs are the same under all three contracts. This suggests that the choice of contractual form is irrelevant in the environment studied in this paper. Comparative static analyses of optimal contracts generate several testable hypotheses.
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Optimal CEO Compensation: Some Equivalence Results