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Controlling shareholder entrenchment: Bonuses versus dividends

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An excess of control rights over cash flow rights (deviation), resulting in controlling shareholder entrenchment, is a common corporate governance problem in East Asian companies. This study examines whether control rights and cash flow rights deviations affect companies' earnings distribution policies in Taiwan. The results indicate that, regardless of whether voting rights or the number of directors on company boards are used to measure control rights, companies with higher degrees of deviation between control and cash flow rights pay disproportionately large shares of company earnings in employee bonuses relative to shareholder dividends. Severe deviation companies are biased in favor of employee compensation at the expense of minority shareholders. These companies are more likely to expropriate minority shareholders through controlling the boards of directors and paying cash bonuses to employees.

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  • Wang, Jin-Ying, 2014. "Controlling shareholder entrenchment: Bonuses versus dividends," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 143-158.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:32:y:2014:i:c:p:143-158
    DOI: 10.1016/j.iref.2014.01.012
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    1. Chi, Ching Wen & Hung, Ken & Cheng, Hui Wen & Tien Lieu, Pang, 2015. "Family firms and earnings management in Taiwan: Influence of corporate governance," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 88-98.
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    Keywords

    Deviation between control rights and cash flow rights; Controlling shareholder entrenchment; Minority shareholder expropriation; Employee bonus; Dividend policy;

    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance

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