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Pay for Performance and Corporate Governance Reform


  • Hristos Doucouliagos


  • Janto Haman


  • T.D. Stanley



Directors’ pay and corporate governance continue to generate public outrage and calls for reform. Our meta-regression analysis of all comparable UK pay-for-performance estimates finds little, if any, meaningful association between directors’ pay and corporate performance. However, there is evidence of the effectiveness of past ‘comply-or-explain’ rules, especially the Cadbury Report. Unfortunately, the effects of past reform efforts tend to erode over time. The paper also explores differences between pay-performance estimates, finding that these are largely explained by how pay and performance are measured by a given study.

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  • Hristos Doucouliagos & Janto Haman & T.D. Stanley, 2010. "Pay for Performance and Corporate Governance Reform," Economics Series 2010_04, Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance.
  • Handle: RePEc:dkn:econwp:eco_2010_04

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    Directors’ pay; governance reform; meta-regression analysis;

    JEL classification:

    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance
    • M52 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Compensation and Compensation Methods and Their Effects
    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods

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