Executive Compensation and the Maturity Structure of Corporate Debt

  • Published: May 07, 2010
  • Pages: 1123-1161
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.2010.01563.x


Executive compensation influences managerial risk preferences through executives' portfolio sensitivities to changes in stock prices (delta) and stock return volatility (vega). Large deltas discourage managerial risk‐taking, while large vegas encourage risk‐taking. Theory suggests that short‐maturity debt mitigates agency costs of debt by constraining managerial risk preferences. We posit and find evidence of a negative (positive) relation between CEO portfolio deltas (vegas) and short‐maturity debt. We also find that short‐maturity debt mitigates the influence of vega‐ and delta‐related incentives on bond yields. Overall, our empirical evidence shows that short‐term debt mitigates agency costs of debt arising from compensation risk.

Jump to menu

Main Navigation

Search the Site / Journal

Search Keywords

Search Tips

Members' Login


Members' Options

Site Footer

View Mobile Version