Executive pay is an issue that often causes public uproar. But it’s not as greed-driven as we might think.
High CEO compensation angers the public, particularly when it doesn't seemed tied to performance. But as a whole, trends in executive compensation are consistent with fundamental economic forces.
It’s the government’s responsibility.
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The gender pay gap and CEO to worker pay ratio won't be fixed by corporate governance initiatives alone.
Vice-chancellors often benchmark their salaries against comparable positions in other corporate sectors, a symptom of the trend towards the corporatisation of universities in Australia.
So many of the factors influencing low wages growth for Australian workers are also an important influence on CEO pay, although not necessarily in the same way.
Data shows that growth in total CEO pay has outstripped average Australian wage growth in every year of the last five years. But perhaps we need to look more closely.
In 2005, regulations were introduced that required US firms paying CEOs with stock options to list them in financial statements.
Compensating executives with stock options doesn't necessarily lead to more risk taking and higher dividend payouts.
Office perks like slides down stairs may not be the best way to motivate good behaviour.
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Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour earned $5.6 million in 2015-16.
It’s not just that Ahmed Fahour earns a lot of money. Australia Post had, until this week, been able to keep its CEO's salary top secret.
CEOs who are more confident are less likely to sell their own stock in a company.
If a company is led by an overconfident CEO, the firm is less likely to invest in corporate social responsibility measures like workforce diversity.
Commonwealth Bank is just one of a few Australian businesses that have faced shareholder votes against executive pay.
Two experts debate whether or not Australian executive pay should be benchmarked against that of US companies.
The research found it may be the executives, not the shareholders, who are holding back innovation in business.
Research shows the short-term view focus of senior executives may be inhibiting a long-term investment in innovation.
Commonwealth Bank CEO Ian Narev received a healthy remuneration package in 2016 despite scandals involving the bank.
Studies show performance-based incentives for CEOs do not lead to better organisational performance.
BHP Billiton Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mackenzie didn’t get his incentive payments in 2016 after the Samarco disaster.
Like in the US and UK, Australian companies should be forced to disclose how the pay of CEOs compares with that of an average worker.
The ever-widening gap between CEO and average worker pay has its roots in collective action by executives.
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CEO pay is heavily influenced by comparisons.
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New research helps explain why we collectively accept seemingly inappropriate executive pay.
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Behind all the hand-wringing over financial executive pay is a desire to moderate risk-taking. Financial markets may already have the answer to hand.
The difference between CEO and average workers’ pay is much greater than most people imagine, but Australians’ idea of the ideal ratio is higher than elsewhere.
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Australia’s highest paid CEO Nicholas Moore saw his salary grow to $13.1 million this year.
Almost everyone in a study soon to be published in Perspectives on Psychological Science thinks chief executive officers are paid significantly too much - almost everyone it suggests, except Australians…