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The impact of family control on the top management compensation mix and incentive orientation

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  • Chen, Chao-Jung
  • Hsu, Chung-Yuan
  • Chen, Yu-Lin

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This study investigates the impact of the central agency problem on the top management compensation mix and incentive orientation in family-controlled firms. Our empirical evidence demonstrates that family-controlled firms offer a lower proportion of variable compensation to total compensation to their top management than non-family firms. Additionally, family-controlled firms with central agency problems provide their top management with higher proportions of cash compensation in their compensation packages than do family-controlled firms without central agency problems in non-electronic industries. This research provides new insights into how family-controlled firms utilize compensation mix and the temporal orientation of incentives to deal with agency problems.

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  • Chen, Chao-Jung & Hsu, Chung-Yuan & Chen, Yu-Lin, 2014. "The impact of family control on the top management compensation mix and incentive orientation," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 29-46.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:32:y:2014:i:c:p:29-46
    DOI: 10.1016/j.iref.2014.01.005
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    Keywords

    Traditional agency problem; Central agency problem; Family control; Top management compensation mix; Incentive orientation;
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    JEL classification:

    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods

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