Relative performance evaluation in board cash compensation: UK empirical evidence
Liu, Lisa Shifei and Stark, Andrew W.. (2009) Relative performance evaluation in board cash compensation: UK empirical evidence. British Accounting Review, Vol.41 (No.1). pp. 21-30. ISSN 0890-8389Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bar.2008.07.015
This paper presents an empirical examination of whether evidence of the implicit use of relative performance evaluation (RPE) can be found in the cash compensation of boards of directors for 169 UK non-financial listed companies that existed for all of the period from 1971 to 1998. We perform two types of analyses. Initially, we estimate individual firm time series regressions of the change in board cash compensation against measures of firm and peer group performance. The measures of firm performance we use are annual cash stock market returns and pre-tax accounting earnings. Peer group measures of performance are industry value-weighted average cash stock market returns and industry value-weighted average pre-tax accounting earnings. Subsequently, we analyse the data as a balanced panel.
We provide evidence that board cash compensation is positively related to accounting earnings and negatively associated with peer group pre-tax accounting earnings. Some evidence suggests that board cash compensation is related to firm stock market returns but none suggests it is related to peer group market returns. This result implies the presence of RPE based on accounting earnings in the design of UK board compensation, with the cash compensation of boards of directors implicitly (partially) protected from industry uncertainties.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HF Commerce|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Accounting
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Journal or Publication Title:||British Accounting Review|
|Number of Pages:||10|
|Page Range:||pp. 21-30|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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