Pay regulation – is more better?

Jenny Chu, Aditi Gupta, Gilad Livne

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From October 2013, UK law and regulations (the Reform) require periodic binding
shareholders’ approval of executive directors’ remuneration policy, as well as enhanced
disclosure in remuneration reports. These requirements supplement an ongoing requirement
for an annual non-binding vote on compensation outcomes that are detailed in the
remuneration report. Using a large sample of listed companies from 2010–2017 we
investigate whether the Reform has affected pay levels, pay-performance sensitivity, the pay
gap between the CEO and other employees, the amount of cash returned to shareholders,
and dissent voting on the remuneration report. We find little evidence that the Reform has
affected these variables in our sample firms. Using market-based tests we find that market
participants anticipated an improvement in corporate governance for some key dates before
the Reform came into force. Taken together, the paper’s evidence suggests the Reform has
not met its stated objectives
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-35
Number of pages35
JournalAccounting and Business Research
Issue number1
Early online date24 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

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  • Executive remuneration
  • binding say on pay
  • remuneration reporting
  • governance disclosure
  • pay-performance sensitivity


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