Foreign Experience and CEO Compensation
Posted: 28 Mar 2016
Date Written: March 28, 2016
This paper investigates the relation between foreign experience and CEO compensation. Using a sample of large UK firms from the FTSE 350 index from 2003 to 2011, we find that foreign-born CEOs and national CEOs with foreign working experience receive significantly higher levels of total compensation compared to those without these characteristics. We document that this foreign-CEO pay premium is stronger in firms that are more globalized. The results are robust to controlling for firm-specific economic and corporate governance characteristics as well as the endogenous CEO selection using propensity score matching. Our results show that the foreign-CEO pay premium is attributed to specialized foreign expertise rather than broader general managerial skills.
Keywords: Foreign experience, corporate governance, executive compensation
JEL Classification: G3
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