Golden parachutes and managerial incentives in corporate acquisitions: evidence from the 1980s and 1990s Academic Article uri icon


  • We investigate the extent to which managerial incentives, including golden parachute (GP) payments, have influenced target acquisition gains over the past two decades. We find that the use and scope of GP contracts expanded dramatically for a large sample of firms acquired from 1980 through 1995. To investigate the effect of managerial incentives on target acquisition gains, we estimate a regression of abnormal stock returns for acquisitions on variables including managerial incentives, the value of GP payments, and the interaction between GPs and management incentives. The regression results indicate that management incentives are positively associated with target acquisition returns and that GP payments serve to mitigate this influence. We do not, however, detect any direct association between the level of GP payments and target gains. 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Corporate Finance

author list (cited authors)

  • Lefanowicz, C. E., Robinson, J. R., & Smith, R.

citation count

  • 48

complete list of authors

  • Lefanowicz, Craig E||Robinson, John R||Smith, Reed

publication date

  • July 2000