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Should employers pay their employees better? An asset pricing approach

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  • Sebastien Valeyre
  • Denis Grebenkov
  • Sofiane Aboura
  • Francois Bonnin

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We uncover a new anomaly in asset pricing that is linked to the remuneration: the more a company spends on salaries and benefits per employee, the better its stock performs, on average. Moreover, the companies adopting similar remuneration policies share a common risk, which is comparable to that of the value premium. For this purpose,we set up an original methodology that uses firm financial characteristics to build factors that are less correlated than in the standard asset pricing methodology. We quantify the importance of these factors from an asset pricing perspective by introducing the factor correlation level as a directly accessible proxy of eigenvalues of the correlation matrix. A rational explanation of the remuneration anomaly involves the positive correlation between pay and employee performance.

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  • Sebastien Valeyre & Denis Grebenkov & Sofiane Aboura & Francois Bonnin, 2016. "Should employers pay their employees better? An asset pricing approach," Papers 1602.00931, arXiv.org, revised Oct 2016.
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