Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/103099
Authors: 
Efing, Matthias
Hau, Harald
Kampkötter, Patrick
Steinbrecher, Johannes
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4984
Abstract: 
We use payroll data on 1.2 million bank employee years in the Austrian, German, and Swiss banking sector to identify incentive pay in the critical banking segments of treasury/capital market management and investment banking for 66 banks. We document an economically significant correlation of incentive pay with both the level and volatility of bank trading income–particularly for the pre-crisis period 2003-7 for which incentive pay was strongest. This result is robust if we instrument the bonus share in the capital markets divisions with the strength of incentive pay in unrelated bank divisions like retail banking. Moreover, pre-crisis incentive pay appears too strong for an optimal trade-off between trading income and risk which maximizes the NPV of trading income.
Subjects: 
trading income
bank risk
incentive pay
bonus payments
JEL: 
G20
G21
D22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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