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On the Determinants of Pay of CEOs in UK Public Sector Higher Education Institutions

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  • Bachan, Ray

    (University of Brighton)

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The pay determining process of CEOs of UK higher education institutions is modelled using three econometric methodologies applied to a large and unique dataset for the academic years 1997/98 through to 2005/06. A gender differential in pay is detected and this differential remains robust across the specifications reported and across higher education sub-sectors. There is evidence that CEOs with industrial work experience and those who have been employed by a higher education body earn more than their counterparts without these attributes. We also find that CEOs are rewarded favourably on the termination of their contracts. There is little evidence that institutional characteristics influence pay after controlling for institution fixed effects. There is only limited evidence that they are rewarded for the 'performance' of the institutions they manage, but are rewarded favourably by increasing the volume of tuition fees. There is some support for 'tournament theory' as an explanation for the determination of CEO pay in this labour market.

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  • Bachan, Ray, 2008. "On the Determinants of Pay of CEOs in UK Public Sector Higher Education Institutions," IZA Discussion Papers 3858, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3858
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    1. Bachan, Ray & Bryson, Alex, 2021. "The Gender Wage Gap Among University Vice Chancellors in the UK," IZA Discussion Papers 14110, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
    2. Jill Johnes & Swati Virmani, 2020. "Chief executive pay in UK higher education: the role of university performance," Annals of Operations Research, Springer, vol. 288(2), pages 547-576, May.

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    Keywords

    CEO; pay; performance; public sector; higher education; fixed effects;
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    JEL classification:

    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets
    • M5 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation

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