Executive Compensation and Peer Benchmarking

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Early Career Research Award


Executive compensation has risen considerably since the 1980s and continues to attract attention from shareholders, policy makers, and the public at large. This research seeks to understand the role that comparisons and peer benchmarking play in the continued increase of executive compensation. To do so, the author exploits a recent change in the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations regarding executive compensation that requires firms to disclose the peer companies used for determining compensation.

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Laschever, Ron A. 2013. "Keeping up with CEO Jones: Benchmarking and executive compensation." Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 93: 78-100. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2013.07.002

Laschever, Ron. 2011. "Keeping up with CEO Jones: Benchmarking and executive compensation." Cornell University Institute for Compensation Studies Working Paper No. ICS 2011-004. http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/ics/7