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Family ownership, corporate governance, and top executive compensation

Suwina Cheng and Michael Firth
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Suwina Cheng: University of Bath, UK, Postal: University of Bath, UK
Michael Firth: School of Accounting and Finance, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Postal: School of Accounting and Finance, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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Managerial and Decision Economics, 2006, vol. 27, issue 7, 549-561

Abstract: In this study we investigate how top management pay is determined in a family firm environment where even listed firms are effectively controlled by a single individual or a single family. Using data from Hong Kong, we find that executive directors' pay is reduced if the directors have substantial stockholdings. Moreover, pay is related to profits but not to stock returns. Our results are consistent with external blockholders and independent non-executive directors persuading firms to base top management compensation on a firm's profitability. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Date: 2006
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DOI: 10.1002/mde.1273

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