Strike prices of options for overconfident executives

Palmon Oded, Itzhak Venezia

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We explore via simulations the impacts of managerial overconfidence on the optimal strike prices of executive incentive options. Although it has been shown that, optimally, managerial incentive options should be awarded in-the-money, in practice most firms award them at-the-money.We show that the optimal strike prices of options granted to overconfident executive are directly related to their overconfidence level and that this bias brings the optimal strike prices closer to the institutionally prevalent at-the-money prices. Our results thus support the viability of the common practice of awarding managers with at-the-money incentive options. We also show that overoptimistic CEOs receive lower compensation than their realistic counterparts and that the stockholders benefit from​ their managers bias. The combined welfare of the firm′s stakeholders is, however, positively related to managerial overconfidence. The Monte Carlo simulation procedure described in Sect. 55.3 uses a Mathematica program to find the optimal effort by managers and the optimal (for stockholders) contract parameters. An expanded discussion of the simulations, including the choice of the functional forms and the calibration of the parameters, is provided in Appendix 1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Financial Econometrics and Statistics
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781461477501
ISBN (Print)9781461477495
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Mathematics(all)


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