How Executive Pay damages the economy
Friday 6 March 2015
32-36 Loman Street
Lower ground conference room
London SE1 0EH
The Perverse Incentives of Modern Management and Remuneration with Andrew Smithers
Please join the High Pay Centre and Andrew Smithers to discuss his recent short paper - Modern Management Remuneration Seriously Damages the Economy. Mr. Smithers argues that the way senior management are paid seriously damages the economy and that shareholders appear to have received no benefit from the massive rise in the pay of senior executives.
Whether the major part of senior executives' remuneration comes from bonuses or options, the incentive effect is very similar and the metric of success on which they are judged is share price, earnings per share, or total shareholder returns. This system has therefore encouraged executives to take more risks than before by keeping prices up and investment down, to the serious detriment of the overall economy.
Mr. Smithers is an economist and author. He published The Road to Recovery: How and Why Economic Policy Must Change in 2013. He founded Smithers & Co in 1989 and before that ran G Warburg's asset management group (now BlackRock). Currently, he is a committee member overseeing the High Pay Centre project examining performance-related pay.
His work has been covered in newspapers including the Economist and the Evening Standard, while he also writes regularly for the Financial Times.
Lunch will be served. This event is free and open to the public but RSVPs are required. Please email email@example.com to reserve your place.
Since 1 January 2020 the average FTSE 100 CEO has earned:
Income inequality in the UK
Wealth inequality in the UK
- High Pay Day 2020: Scope for fairer pay and lower inequality remains considerable
Pay for the typical FTSE 100 CEO in 2020 has already surpassed the amount the average UK worker earns in an entire year. We can do much more to achieve a better balance between those at the top and everybody else
- Work for HPC - applications for a Researcher now open!
We're recruiting! Find out how to apply here
- High Pay Centre briefing: regional economies across the EU
The UK's poorest regions are falling behind the rest of Europe