Equity Compensation for Long-Term Results

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Published in The Wall Street Journal June  16, 2009, by Lucian Bebchuk and Jesse Fried

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced on Wednesday the Obama administration’s strong belief in tying executive compensation to long-term company performance. The regulations issued that day direct the new “compensation czar” to ensure that financial firms receiving “exceptional assistance” from the government don’t “reward employees for short-term or temporary increase in value.” Companies not covered by regulations are also currently seeking to tighten the link between pay and long-term performance. The question is how this could best be done.

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