We analyze the payout channel choice of listed UK firms and examine whether the choice between dividends, share repurchases, a combination of payout channels, or
complete earnings retention is affected by investor sentiment, taxation, major shareholder ownership, and in particular the CEO?s compensation package.
The payout choice can have an immediate effect on the value of the CEO?s stock options and restricted stock, whereby anticipated dividends drive down the value of her equity-based pay if it is not dividend-protected whereas share repurchases may have a positive impact. We use a quantile regression analysis to examine various payout scenarios as well as a nested logit model which studies payout choice conditional on changing payout levels. We find that it is the CEO?s personal wealth as reflected by her compensation package rather than shareholder preferences which has the strongest impact on the firm?s payout policy.
We analyze how risk sharing between a firm’s employees and owners depends on its competitors’ response to industry-wide shocks. Focusing on the electricity industry, we obtain a sample of firms with exposure to similar industry risks but...Read more
We examine how international variation in corporate future-oriented behavior, such as corporate social responsibility (CSR) and research and development (R&D) investment, could partially stem from characteristics of the languages spoken at...Read more
This paper analyzes the labor market (turnover and appointments) of executive and non-executive directors by means of social network methodology. We find that directors with strong networks are able to obtain labor market information that enables...Read more
Do employees who compare themselves to the CEO matter for executive compensation? We hypothesize employees who are behindness averse and compare their wage to the CEO’s pay. Using German establishment-level wage data, we indeed show that employee...Read more