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CEO compensation and topmanagement incentives. Internal or social problems ?

  • Frédéric TEULON

This paper analyzes the income of french top managers taking as a sample firms that made the CAC 40 in 2009. The pay gap between CEOs and unskilled workers have never been higher. In our view, explanations of this trend are not solely related to economic causes (transformation of the labor market, failure of control systems…), they also result from transformation of the ruling classes and from the modification of their place in the society (loss of morality, inbreeding, collusion public/private). We must return to principles of common sense (an incentive payment but not abusive) in a societal perspective. Different solutions are presented and discussed

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Paper provided by Department of Research, Ipag Business School in its series Working Papers with number 2014-187.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: 25 Feb 2014
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Handle: RePEc:ipg:wpaper:2014-187
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