ISS Incentive Lab — Access Extensive Executive Compensation Performance Metrics, Goals, and Payout Structure

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Why use ISS Incentive Lab?

Regulatory requirements, investor pressure, accounting changes, and other factors have combined to make executive pay much more complex. With performance-based pay becoming the driving factor in total compensation, understanding and valuing incentive awards is essential to conducting quality research. ISS’ Incentive Lab database includes the basic compensation data you may have in other databases, but with extensive coverage, history, and without survivorship bias.


• Cash Equity
• Short/Long-term
• Time/Performance

• Metrics: Type (financial and non-financial), Weights, Relationships
• Goals: Threshold, Target, Maximum
• Payout Structures: Vesting, Leverage, Holding Requirements

• Peer Groups: compensation and performance peers
• Stock Ownership Guidelines
• Compensation Consultants

• Summary Compensation Table
• Grants of Plan-Based Awards
• Outstanding Equity At Fiscal Year End
• Stock Vesting and Option Exercises

COVERAGE  US: 1998-present | Europe: 2011-present
2,000+ U.S. Companies covered
400+ Top European companies
26,000+ Fiscal years
350,000+ Individual grants

Research with ISS Incentive Lab

Performance-Vesting Provisions in Executive Compensation, J. Bettis, J. Coles (Arizona State University), J. Bizjak, S. Kalpathy) (Texas Christian University)

Internal versus External Earnings per Share Goals and CEO Incentives, C. Armstrong, C. Ittner (University of Pennsylvania), J. Chau (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), J. Xiao (University of Rochester)

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