Executive Compensation and Environmental Harm

Dylan Blu Minor

Research output: Working paper


We explore the relationship between managerial incentives and environmental harm. We find that high-powered executive compensation packages can increase the odds of environmental law-breaking by 40-60% and the magnitude of environmental harm by over 100%. We document similar results for the setting of executive compensation and financial accounting misconduct. Finally, we outline some managerial and policy implications to blunt these adverse incentive effects.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherSocial Science Research Network (SSRN)
Number of pages49
StatePublished - Apr 12 2016


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