Executive Compensation: Facts
Gian Luca Clementi, Department of Economics, Stern School of Business, New York University and RCEA
Thomas Cooley, Department of Economics, Stern School of Business, New York University and NBER
In this paper we describe the important features of executive compensation in the US from 1993 to 2006. Some confirm what has been found for earlier periods and some are novel. Notable facts are that: the compensation distribution is highly skewed; each year, a sizeable fraction of chief executives lose money; the use of security grants has increased over time; the income accruing to CEOs from the sale of stock increased; regardless of the measure we adopt, compensation responds strongly to innovations in shareholder wealth; measured as dollar changes in compensation, incentives have strengthened over time, measured as percentage changes in wealth, they have not changed in any appreciable way.
Gian Luca Clementi and Thomas Cooley,
"Executive Compensation: Facts"
(September 8, 2010).
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei Working Papers.
Working Paper 478.