# New Horizons Co. is a high-tech firm whose owner does not have the required management expertise to run the firm. The owner wants to hire a manager with the required expertise. The continued success of New Horizons Co. depends crucially

New Horizons Co. is a high-tech firm whose owner does not have the required management expertise to run the firm. The owner wants to hire a manager with the required expertise. The continued success of New Horizons Co. depends crucially on how hard the new manager works.

If the manager works hard (a1), firm net income will be \$500 with probability 0.7 and \$200 with probability 0.3. If the manager shirks (a2), net income will be \$500 with probability 0.2 and \$200 with probability 0.8. In both cases, profits are before manager compensation. The owner is interviewing a prospective manager, and finds out that she is risk-averse, with utility for compensation equal to the square root of the dollar compensation received. Like most people, however, she is also effort-averse. If she works hard, she suffers a disutility of effort of 3 units of utility. If she shirks, her effort disutility is 1 unit of utility.

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a. New Horizons Co. offers the manager a one-period contract with a salary of \$38 per period plus 20 percent of net income before manager compensation. If she accepts the job, will the manager take a1 or a2? Show your calculations.

b. Instead, New Horizons offers the manager zero salary plus 30 percent of net income before manager compensation. Assuming the manager accepts, will she take a1 or a2 ? Show your calculations.

c. Does the manager's effort decision change between parts a and b above? Explain why or why not.

d. Many executive compensation contracts base the manager's compensation on both net income and share price performance. Explain an advantage of using two performance measures rather than one in compensation contracts.

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Chapter # 9
Section: Questions and Problems
Problem: 10
Posted Date: September 23, 2020 05:42:08