CEO Compensation and Real Estate Prices: Pay for Luck and Responses to Luck

Finance

Speaker:Claudia Custodio, Imperial College
Date: Tuesday 23 May 2017
Time: 1.45 pm
Location: Constantine Leventis teaching room

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Abstract

We use changes in real estate prices to study the sensitivity of CEO compensation to luck and to responses to luck. Pay for luck can be optimal when CEOs are expected to react to luck. To identify responses to luck we rely on the fact that accounting performance, unlike market performance, only reflects changes to real estate prices if the CEO responds to the real estate shocks. We show that CEO compensation is linked to responses to real estate luck, which can partially explain pay for luck itself.