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Extreme Wage Inequality: Pay at the Very Top

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  • Brian Bell
  • John Van Reenen

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We provide new evidence on the growth in pay at the very top of the wage distribution in the UK. Sectoral decompositions show that workers in the financial sector have accounted for the majority of the gains at the top over the last decade. New results are also presented on the pay of CEOs in the UK. We show how improved measurement of pay points to a stronger pay-performance link than previously estimated. This link is stronger, and more symmetric, for those firms in which institutional investors play a larger role.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance, LSE in its series CEP Occasional Papers with number 34.

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Date of creation: Feb 2013
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Keywords: wage inequality; firm performance; CEO compensation; performance pay; management;

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  1. Steven N. Kaplan & Joshua Rauh, 2010. "Wall Street and Main Street: What Contributes to the Rise in the Highest Incomes?," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 23(3), pages 1004-1050, March.
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  1. Kneer, E.C., 2013. "Essays on the size of the financial aector, financial liberalization and growth," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-5930486, Tilburg University.
  2. Pierre Chaigneau & Nicolas Sahuguet, 2013. "The effect of monitoring on CEO pay practices in a matching equilibrium," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 55405, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  3. SOLOGON Denisa & VAN KERM Philippe, 2014. "Earnings dynamics, foreign workers and the stability of inequality trends in Luxembourg 1988-2009," CEPS/INSTEAD Working Paper Series 2014-03, CEPS/INSTEAD.
  4. Pierre Chaigneau & Nicolas Sahuguet, 2014. "Explaining the Association between Monitoring and Controversial CEO Pay Practices: an Optimal Contracting Perspective," Cahiers de recherche 1406, CIRPEE.

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