CEO Tournaments: A Cross-Country Analysis of Causes, Cultural Influences and Consequences

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Natasha Burns

University of Texas at San Antonio - Department of Finance

Kristina Minnick

Bentley University

Laura T. Starks

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Finance

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Date Written: August 1, 2015

Abstract

Using a cross-country sample, we examine the CEO tournament structure (measured alternatively as the ratio and the difference of pay between the CEO and other top executives within a firm). We find the tournament structure to vary systematically with firm and country cultural characteristics. In particular, firm size and the cultural values of Power distance, Fair income differences and Competition are significantly associated with variations in tournament structures. We also establish support for the primary implication of tournament theory in that tournament structure tends to be positively related to firm value, even after controlling for endogeneity.

Keywords: Executive compensation, Tournaments, International pay differences, Culture, Corporate governance

JEL Classification: G15, G3, G32, G34

Suggested Citation

Burns, Natasha and Minnick, Kristina and Starks, Laura T., CEO Tournaments: A Cross-Country Analysis of Causes, Cultural Influences and Consequences (August 1, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2010095 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2010095

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Laura T. Starks

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