Discussion paper

DP8089 Securitization and Compensation in Financial Institutions

We analyze the interaction between financial institutions' internal compensation policy, the quality of loans, and their securitization decision. We also assess the case for requiring financial institutions to defer bonus pay so as to make incentives more commensurate with the longer-term risk of their transactions. While mandatory deferred compensation can improve the quality of loans, we also show when it has the opposite effect. We further analyze when mandatory deferred compensation can complement a policy that requires financial institutions to retain a minimum exposure to their originated loans, and we discuss the impact of a tax on short-term bonus pay. Generally, our modeling framework allows us to study the interaction of financial institutions' internal agency problems with the external agency problem that arises from securitization.


Inderst, R and S Pfeil (2010), ‘DP8089 Securitization and Compensation in Financial Institutions‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 8089. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp8089