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Are top executives paid enough? The answer is clear
Conflicting viewpoints exist on the need for high executive salaries and incentives. By and large, economists conclude from their studies that high remuneration is useful, while organizational behavior researchers conclude it is harmful. Some people attribute this to a different political outlook, economists being more conservative than those in organizational behavior.
Examine the evidence in Jacquart, P. & Armstrong, J. S. (2013), “Are Top Executives Paid Enough? An Evidence-Based Review,” Interfaces, 43, pp. 580-589, followed by commentaries by leading scholars on this topic.
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