What's Wrong with Executive Compensation?

22 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2008 Last revised: 3 May 2009

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Jared D. Harris

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Date Written: 2009


I broadly explore the question by examining several common criticisms of CEO pay through both philosophical and empirical lenses. While some criticisms appear to be unfounded, the analysis shows not only that current compensation practices are problematic both from the standpoint of distributive justice and fairness, but also that incentive pay ultimately exacerbates the very agency problem it is purported to solve.

Keywords: Executive compensation, distributive justice, pay disparity, incentive alignment

JEL Classification: D63, J23, J31, J33, J38, J44, M51, M52

Suggested Citation

Harris, Jared D., What's Wrong with Executive Compensation? (2009). Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 85, pp. 147-156, Darden Business School Working Paper No. 1175382, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1175382

Jared D. Harris (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

HOME PAGE: http://faculty.darden.virginia.edu/harrisj

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