The Pay for Performance Dilemma
24 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2004
Date Written: May 2004
Empirical evidence from the United States indicates a statistically significant relationship - but not a particularly strong economic relationship - between the CEO's remuneration and corporate performance. In Australia, the limited number of studies in this field have found that CEO pay is related to company size (the larger the company, on average the higher the pay) but is not linked in any clear way to corporate performance. This article analyses the factors which may explain the lack of a strong link between executive pay and company performance in Australia. Some of these are consistent with the board-capture theory articulated by Bebchuk and Fried.
Keywords: corporate governance, executive compensation
JEL Classification: G34, J33
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