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CEO pay and the Lake Wobegon Effect

  • Hayes, Rachel M.
  • Schaefer, Scott
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    The "Lake Wobegon Effect," which is widely cited as a potential cause for rising CEO pay, is said to occur because no firm wants to admit to having a CEO who is below average, and so no firm allows its CEO's pay package to lag market expectations. We develop a game-theoretic model of this Effect. In our model, a CEO's wage may serve as a signal of match surplus, and therefore affect the value of the firm. We compare equilibria of our model to a full-information case and derive conditions under which equilibrium wages are distorted upward.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Financial Economics.

    Volume (Year): 94 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 (November)
    Pages: 280-290

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