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Say Pays! Shareholder Voice and Firm Performance

Vicente Cuñat (), Mireia Giné () and Maria Guadalupe ()
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Mireia Giné: Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

No 8538, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper estimates the effects of Say-on-Pay (SoP); a policy that increases shareholder "voice" by providing shareholders with a regular vote on executive pay. We apply a regression discontinuity design to the votes on shareholder-sponsored SoP proposals. Adopting SoP leads to large increases in market value (4%) and to improvements in long-term performance: profitability and labor productivity increase, while overheads and investment fall. In contrast, we find limited effects on pay levels and structure. This suggests that SoP serves as a regular vote of confidence on the CEO, which leads to higher efficiency and market value.

Keywords: say-on-pay; corporate governance; executive compensation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G34 M52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 51 pages
Date: 2014-10
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