More Value, Less Money for CEO Pay: The Role of Performance Awards in Executive Compensation

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Executive compensation is a complex and controversial subject. Companies are often criticized for overpaying their executives, while shareholders are questioning the pay-setting process and the outcome it produces. This debate has triggered regulatory changes, which in turn have affected the composition of executive compensation packages. Over time, companies are offering less and less cash-based compensation and steadily increasing the portion of performance-based awards.