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Board Independence, Executive Pay Structures, and Pay Disclosure: Evidence from Europe

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  • Muslu, Volkan
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    Using a broad sample of the largest European companies, I examine whether the two governance mechanisms, namely (i) independent monitoring by a board of directors and (ii) grants and disclosures of incentive-based executive pay, are substitutes for one another. I find that companies with proportionately more executives on their boards of directors grant greater incentive-based pay to their executives, and improve the transparency of their pay disclosure. The findings are consistent with the efficient contracting argument, which predicts that greater incentive-based pay and pay disclosure transparency mitigate agency problems generated by boards dependent upon management

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    Paper provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management in its series Working papers with number 4432-03.

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    Date of creation: 06 Feb 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:mit:sloanp:4045

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    Keywords: Board Independence; Compensation Structures; Pay Disclosure; International Corporate Governance;

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