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What determines Chief Executives compensation?: An empirical study of the compensation to Chief Executive Officers in Swedish listed firms during 2007 to 2010
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Chief Executive Officers (CEO) remuneration has been a hot topic the last couple of years and has brought a great amount of attention in the media, when some companies have increased the CEO’s compensation even though the firm have been reporting lower earnings. Bonus systems have recently become more frequent to increase CEOs incentives, but have also been a disputed subject since the financial crisis in 2008.

The aim of this thesis is to study the relation between CEO compensation and companies’ size as well as performance. The study extends over a four-year period, from 2007 to 2010, comprising the companies within the finance and real estate industry listed under large-, mid and small cap on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. A four-year period from 2000 to 2003 and a  three-year period after the financial crisis from 2011 to 2013 is analyzed and taken into account in the study to get a deeper understanding of how the compensation has varied over time. The study takes a quantitative approach using secondary data from the companies’ annual reports. A pooled regression analysis is used as the statistical method where we are able to take multiple companies into account over several periods.

The empirical results find that there is no significant relation between CEO compensation and firm performance. The study does however show a strong positive relation with market capitalization, suggesting that the companies’ size have a great effect on the CEO compensation.

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2014. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
CEO compensation, principle-agent theory, pay-for-performance, resource-based theory, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-25824OAI: diva2:779954
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2015-01-13 Created: 2015-01-13 Last updated: 2015-01-13Bibliographically approved

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