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CEO compensation in US financial institutions

In: Handbook on Corporate Governance in Financial Institutions


  • Martin J. Conyon
  • Lerong He


The authors investigate chief executive officer (CEO) compensation in US financial institutions. Specifically, they compare the level and structure of CEO pay in financial institutions to industrial firms in the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 1500 index in 2013. In general, they find that total CEO compensation is lower in financial institutions compared to non-financial firms. Also, they find that CEO salaries are lower in finance companies, but CEO bonuses are not significantly different. There is some evidence that CEO equity ownership percentages are lower in financial firms, but the finding is sensitive to model specification. There is variation in the level of CEO compensation within the financial sector itself. Specifically, they find that CEO compensation in commercial banks is lower than that in other non-bank financial institutions.

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  • Martin J. Conyon & Lerong He, 2016. "CEO compensation in US financial institutions," Chapters,in: Handbook on Corporate Governance in Financial Institutions, chapter 4, pages 87-121 Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:elg:eechap:16126_4

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