Department of Finance and Decision Sciences
An ill wind? Terrorist attacks and CEO compensation
Using multiple measures of attack proximity, we show that CEOs employed at firms located near terrorist attacks earn an average pay increase of 12% after the attack relative to CEOs at firms located far from attacks. CEOs at terrorist attack-proximate firms prefer cash-based compensation increases (e.g., salary and bonus) over equity-based compensation (e.g., options and stocks granted). The effect is causal and it is larger when the bargaining power of the CEO is high. Other executives and workers do not receive a terrorist attack premium.
Terrorist attacks, Executive compensation, Compensation structure, CEO labor market
Source Publication Title
Journal of Financial Economics
Link to Publisher's Edition
Dai, Y., Rau, P., Stouraitis, A., & Tan, W. (2020). An ill wind? Terrorist attacks and CEO compensation. Journal of Financial Economics, 135 (2), 379-398. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfineco.2019.06.005