Political connections, gender diversity and compensation policy

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Review of Managerial Science
  • Volumen: 10
  • Número: 3
  • Fecha: 01 July 2016
  • Páginas: 553-576
  • ISSN: 18636691 18636683
  • Source Type: Journal
  • DOI: 10.1007/s11846-015-0167-7
  • Document Type: Article
  • Publisher: Springer
© 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.In this paper we analyze the influence of corporate governance, specifically political connections and gender diversity, on board and managers¿ remuneration in savings banks in Spain. We also analyze whether financial experience moderates the relation between political experience and board compensation. To the best of our knowledge, the effects of having politicians on remuneration levels of financial firm have not been studied. Connections are important in hiring decisions and in generating business so it is interesting to explore whether they are important when it comes to compensation policies. We use a panel data and financial and corporate governance information from 44 savings banks for the period 2004¿2009. Our results show that the previous political activity of the chairperson positively influences board remuneration. Our study provides the first evidence for a link between political connection and compensation policy, showing that, in addition to the standard firm-level factors, political and financial experience are material determinants of economic significance in compensation policies. Specifically, we show that financial expertise may substitute for governance mechanisms that are lacking in firms with weak governance environments (e.g. saving banks with high politicization).

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