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Research Papers

“Peer Firms in Relative Performance Evaluation. (2009) Journal of Accounting and Economics48: 69-89.

Does Firm Heterogeneity Lead to Differences in Relative Executive Compensation? (2010) Finance Research Letters7: 80-85.

Peer Choice in CEO Compensation,” (2013) with Gus De Franco and Rodrigo S. Verdi. Journal of Financial Economics, 108: 160-181.

An article based on this paper was featured at the Wall Street Journal on August 17, 2009.


Do Growth-Option Firms Use Less Relative Performance Evaluation?” (2014) The Accounting Review, 89: 27-60.


“ Court Intervention as a Governance Mechanism over CEO Pay: Evidence from the Citigroup Derivative Lawsuit ” (2014) with Mary Ellen Carter and Luann Lynch. European Accounting Review, 24: 637 – 658.

Has Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act Discouraged Corporate Risk-Taking? New Evidence from a Natural Experiment ,” (2018) with Julie L. Zhu. Accepted for publication at Management Science.

 Ex Post Settling Up in Cash Compensation: New Evidence” (2018) with Bingyi Chen, Qi (Flora) Dong, and Edward Riedl. Conditional Accepted at Contemporary Accounting Research.

The impact of Risk on CEO Equity Incentives: Evidence from Customer Concentration,” (2016) with George Papadakis and Peter Wysocki. Under review.

Complexity in Compensation Contracts” with Mary Ellen Carter and Luann Lynch, March 2018.

“Aggregate CEO Compensation, Aggregate Performance and Relative Performance Evaluation” with

Mary Ellen Carter and Bjorn Jorgensen, June 2014.

“Are CEOs Paid Extra for Riskier Pay Packages?” with Rui Albuquerque and Mary Ellen Carter, Qi (Flora) Dong, November 2018.

“CEO Compensation and Real Estate Prices: Pay for Luck or Pay for Action?” with Ben Bennett, Cláudia Custódio, and Dragana Cvijanovíc, July 2018.

“Are ISS Recommendations Informative? Evidence from Assessments of Compensation Practices” with Mary Ellen Carter and Susanna Gallanni, December 2018.