Insider Trading and Pay Performance Sensitivity: An Empirical Analysis
33 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2005
Date Written: 2006-06
We examine whether the sensitivity of pay to performance is associated with the amount of insider trading that managers undertake. Because insider trading profits represent an alternative form of compensation, we expect that firms will consider the compensation component provided by insider trading when designing remuneration contracts. Employing a proxy for insider trading that captures the degree to which managers trade on private information, we find evidence that an increased (a decreased) level of insider trading is associated with a decreased (an increased) pay performance sensitivity.
Keywords: insider trading, pay-performance sensitivity, incentives, compensation, private information
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