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Perceived unfairness in CEO compensation and work morale

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  • Cornelißen, T.
  • Himmler, O.
  • Koenig, T.

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CEO compensation that is perceived to be excessive regularly causes agitation in the population. Using German data, we show that perceiving CEO pay to be unfair has economic repercussions in terms of lower work morale.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 110 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 45-48

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:110:y:2011:i:1:p:45-48

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Keywords: Fairness Social comparisons Work morale;

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Cited by:
  1. Schneck, Stefan, 2014. "My Wage is Unfair! Just a Feeling or Comparison with Peers?," EconStor Open Access Articles, ZBW - German National Library of Economics, pages 245-273.
  2. Laszlo Goerke & Jörn Block & Jose Maria Millan & Concepcion Roman, 2014. "Family employees and absenteeism," IAAEU Discussion Papers 201402, Institute of Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU).
  3. Thomas Cornelißen & Oliver Himmler & Tobias Koenig, 2012. "Fairness Spillovers – The Case of Taxation," Working Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2012_17, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.
  4. Andreas Kuhn, 2010. "The Public Perception and Normative Valuation of Executive Compensation: An International Comparison," NRN working papers 2010-13, The Austrian Center for Labor Economics and the Analysis of the Welfare State, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.

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