Modern macroeconomics and finance have both turned their backs on the study of money and banking but, after 2008, we need new economic thinking about money and banking more than ever. We must rediscover, rework and develop the study of banking and central banking, bringing both into the globalization age.
In this comment, we explain our objections to the SEC’s current formulation of the Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule on each of three grounds: the erroneous estimation of CEO pay; the unclear specification of the “median” worker; and the risk of normalizing a pay ratio that is far too high. Then we present the latest data on the remuneration of the 500 highest-paid CEOs in the United States, demonstrating the way in which the SEC’s measure of CEO pay that enters into the CEO-to-median-worker pay ratio tends to systematically underestimate actual executive pay. Read more