The remuneration of CEOs and corporate financial performance in Norway

Michael FIRTH, Johan Chr. LOHNE, Ruth ROPSTAD, Jarle SJO

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Economics and management literatures advocate that senior company executives should be remunerated on the basis of the financial performance of the firms they manage. This helps align the interests of management with those of stockholders. There are, however, problems in implementing pay for performance schemes and these, along with other factors, may lead to there being no empirical relationship between compensation and stockholder returns. This study set out to explore the determinants of chief executive compensation in Norwegian stock exchange listed firms. To date there have been very few studies on this topic using data from Norway; most previous research has employed American data. The results show a positive relationship between CEO pay and corporate size but there was no significant association between remuneration and corporate financial performance as measured by accounting profitability and as measured by stock returns. Estimates of the value added by companies were significantly related to chief executive pay. There was also a positive and significant relationship between a CEO’s compensation and the average wage level of the company. This association may be due to the unique characteristics of Norway’s social and economic structure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-301
Number of pages11
JournalManagerial and Decision Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1996

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