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Corporate visibility and executive pay

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  • Rayton, Bruce A.
  • Brammer, Stephen
  • Cheng, Suwina

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This paper seeks evidence of implicit regulation of executive pay. The implicit regulation hypothesis suggests highly visible companies will constrain their behavior to avoid potential reprisals from constituents, politicians and potential regulators. We extend this literature using a measure of corporate visibility based on the number of news stories about each firm in a balanced panel of 242 public companies.

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  • Rayton, Bruce A. & Brammer, Stephen & Cheng, Suwina, 2012. "Corporate visibility and executive pay," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 117(1), pages 337-339.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:117:y:2012:i:1:p:337-339
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.05.044
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    Keywords

    Visibility; Incentive pay; Implicit regulation;

    JEL classification:

    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance
    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs

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