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SSRN-Executive Compensation, Compensation Consultants, and Shopping for Opinion: Evidence from the UK

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SSRN-Executive Compensation, Compensation Consultants, and Shopping for Opinion: Evidence from the UK by Lisa Goh, Aditi Gupta http://bit.ly/d4fCoX

5. Conclusions
In this study we contribute to the existing literature on compensation consultants
and executive pay, and contribute new findings on consultant-switching, using a large panel of CEO and executive director data from the FTSE 350. 
Consistent with prior research, we first find that all components of executive
compensation (salary, bonus, equity and total pay) are higher in firms using consultants, after controlling for firm and director characteristics, and the proportion of equity compensation (salary) used in the compensation package is higher (lower) in firms that use consultants (see Appendices 1 and 2).
We contribute new findings on the use of consultants, by examining consultant
switching and contemporaneous changes in compensation levels and composition. We find that firms that switch their main consultant during the year have higher increases in salary than non-switching firms (even after adjusting for peer group changes), providing

 

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