Executive Compensation: What Should We Do?

Executive compensation has risen enormously since the 1970s, as has the body of research investigating the reasons for its sharp ascent. But only now in the midst of the "Great Recession" has this rise in compensation come to be widely seen as problematic. Has the rise in executive compensation come at the expense of rising living standards for lower wage workers? And if so, what role should public policy play in reforming the system?

On May 4, the Economic Policy Institute and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University sponsored an event that focused on a debate of what forces lie behind skyrocketing executive pay, as well as what, if anything, policy makers should do to turn things around.

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Publication Date: 
May, 2010