Is Capping Executive Bonuses Useful?

Author/Editor:

Kentaro Asai

Publication Date:

September 29, 2016

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper develops a theoretical framework to study the impact of bonus caps on banks’ risk taking. In the model, labor market price adjustments can offset the direct effects of bonus caps. The calibrated model suggests that bonus caps are only effective when bank executives’ mobility is restricted. It also suggests, irrespective of the degree of labor market mobility, bonus caps simultaneously reduce risk shifting by bank executives (too much risk taking because of limited liability), but aggravate underinvestment (bank executives foregoing risky but productive projects). Hence, the welfare effects of bonus caps critically depend on initial conditions, including the relative importance of risk shifting versus underinvestment.

Series:

Working Paper No. 16/196

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 29, 2016

ISBN/ISSN:

9781475543254/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2016196

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

37

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