Perils of Limiting the Coverage of Mandatory Pay Disclosure: The Korean Experience
47 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2018 Last revised: 21 Sep 2018
Date Written: September 2018
This study documents the danger of limiting the coverage of mandatory pay disclosure. Exploiting the 2013 rule change in Korea, we find that its restrictive coverage, confined to board members with total annual pay exceeding 500 million Korean won, led a large fraction of executives to evade disclosure through deregistration (i.e., stepping down from the board) or pay-cuts. We also find that such evasion is mostly carried out by family executives in firms with high executive-to-worker pay ratios. If the original pay level is close to the threshold, we find that family executives choose pay-cuts over deregistration, as their preferred means of evasion.
Keywords: executive compensation, disclosure evasion, family executives, executive-to-worker pay ratio
JEL Classification: G32, G34, G38, J3, M48
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