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How Internal Transaction costs drive compensation schemes

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  • ROUZIES, Dominique

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  • ANDERSON, Erin

    () (INSEAD)

  • COUGHLAN, Anne T.

    () (Kellogg School of Management, Evanston)

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The literature on chief executive officers (CEOs) established that economics and sociological rationales are both essential to understand the level and structure of CEOs' compensation. Our thesis is that internal "transaction costs" or frictions override strictly economic criteria to determine pay levels and pay structures. We study mid-level jobs that have features strikingly similar to the CEO. We show that pay checks and their underlying structure follow counterintuitive patterns, as if the employer resorts to a third party (i.e. the customer base) to reduce employee discontent over pay. We also find that firms reward managers as if they have considerable value added.

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  • ROUZIES, Dominique & ANDERSON, Erin & COUGHLAN, Anne T., 2004. "How Internal Transaction costs drive compensation schemes," Les Cahiers de Recherche 802, HEC Paris.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebg:heccah:0802
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    1. Jean Gadrey, 1988. "Des facteurs de croissance des services aux rapports sociaux de service," Revue d'Économie Industrielle, Programme National Persée, vol. 43(1), pages 34-48.
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    internal transaction costs; compensation; CEO;

    JEL classification:

    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
    • M31 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Marketing
    • M41 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Accounting

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