Generalists versus Specialists : Managerial Skills and CEO Pay *

@inproceedings{Custdio2011GeneralistsVS,
  title={Generalists versus Specialists : Managerial Skills and CEO Pay *},
  author={Claudia Mota Cust{\'o}dio and Miguel A. Ferreira and Pedro Matos},
  year={2011}
}
We show that compensation is higher for CEOs with more general managerial skills using detailed biographic information on CEOs of the S&P 1,500 firms in 1993-2007. This relation is driven by managers’ industry mobility and past experience as a top manager and is robust to the inclusion of firmand CEO-level controls, including fixed effects. Comparing the actual CEO’s pay to the pay of a portfolio of CEOs who are specialists in the industries that match the CEO’s past industry experience implies… CONTINUE READING

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