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Corporate Governance When Managers Set Their Own Pay


  • Pablo Ruiz-Verdú


"This paper presents a model of the firm in which the manager has discretion over his own compensation, constrained only by the threat of shareholder intervention. The model addresses two main questions. How does shareholder power affect managers' compensation and their incentives to maximise firm value? And what is the optimal level of shareholder power? Expectedly, the model shows that increasing shareholder power leads to lower managerial pay. Greater shareholder power, however, also weakens the manager's incentives to maximise value and may even lead to lower profits for shareholders. There might, thus, be too much, as well as too little, shareholder power. The model characterises the optimal level of shareholder power and yields predictions about the relation between shareholder power, managerial pay, performance and firm characteristics." Copyright (c) 2008 The Author Journal compilation (c) 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Pablo Ruiz-Verdú, 2008. "Corporate Governance When Managers Set Their Own Pay," European Financial Management, European Financial Management Association, vol. 14(5), pages 921-943.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:eufman:v:14:y:2008:i:5:p:921-943

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