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Compensation and Transparency of Compensation of Management Boards in Germany


  • Georg Stadtmann

    (Europa-Universität Viadrina, Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insb. Makroökonomie, Postfach 1786, D-15207 Frankfurt (Oder))


The transparency of compensation of the members of the management board has become a central element of the German corporate governance system. We perform an empirical examination with respect to the structure of the compensation of the management board of DAX-30 companies. Some companies show a strong differentiation among the compensation of their board members while others do not. Furthermore, the proportion of fixed to overall compensation varies between companies. We identify those company as well as person specific variables that explain individual compensation levels. Additionally, we check which factors influence the change in compensation. Thereby, we test whether a bidding-up effect is present as suggested by some theoretical considerations. Nevertheless, the empirical results show that we are unable to detect a bidding-up effect.

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  • Georg Stadtmann, 2009. "Compensation and Transparency of Compensation of Management Boards in Germany," Credit and Capital Markets, Credit and Capital Markets, vol. 42(3), pages 435-461.
  • Handle: RePEc:kuk:journl:v:42:y:2009:i:3:p:435-461

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    JEL classification:

    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation
    • M52 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Compensation and Compensation Methods and Their Effects
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance


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