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Financial Crisis and CEO Pay

September 28, 2009 at 3:58 pm Matt

An OSU professor is disproving the Obama Administration’s nonsense about CEO pay:

Still, René M. Stulz, a finance professor at the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University, says he has been unable to find empirical evidence that incentives encouraging excessive risk-taking played a large role in the credit crisis. Professor Stulz and a co-author, Rüdiger Fahlenbrach, a finance professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, examined the relationship between bank performance during the crisis and C.E.O. pay incentives.

Their study has circulated since summer as a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study found few significant correlations one way or the other, but to the extent it saw patterns, they generally ran counter to what’s often assumed. Instead of performing worse, the banks whose C.E.O.’s had the greatest incentives for excessive risk-taking fared better, on average, than others.

Then why limit CEO pay? Because this debate isn’t about results- It is about populism and class envy.

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