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Top executive pay and firm performance in China

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  • Trevor Buck

    (Business School, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)

  • Xiaohui Liu

    (Business School, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)

  • Rodion Skovoroda

    (Business School, Nottingham University, Nottingham, UK)

Abstract

The sensitivity of executive pay to share price performance has been the main focus of Western executive pay studies, reflecting shareholders’ efforts to reduce agency problems by better aligning the rewards of executives with their own. However, these studies have ignored motivational effects and possible two-way pay–performance causation. This paper reports Chinese executive pay–performance sensitivity, with international comparisons, to examine whether China's unique institutional environment has produced outcomes consistent with those for Western market economies. This same unique environment makes possible the first estimates of two-way causation based on panel data analysis. The results show that executive pay and firm performance mutually affect each other through both reward and motivation. Journal of International Business Studies (2008) 39, 833–850. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400386

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  • Trevor Buck & Xiaohui Liu & Rodion Skovoroda, 2008. "Top executive pay and firm performance in China," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Academy of International Business, vol. 39(5), pages 833-850, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:jintbs:v:39:y:2008:i:5:p:833-850
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