Gender Pay Gap Closes for CEOs

In a surprising finding, researchers report that female and male chief executives of public companies are paid about the same. “Revisiting the Gender Gap in CEO Compensation” looked at compensation for corporate leaders at 2,282 companies from 1996 to 2014, and found no “significant difference.” The study’s authors suggest that the CEO pay gap may have closed up because chief executives of public companies are so prominent. “We think it is a visibility issue,” co-author Vishal K. Gupta told the NY Times. “It [the role] is highly visible to all the stakeholders.” The finding does not explain why there are still so few female CEOs: 32 among Fortune 500 companies, or 6.4 percent of the list, despite a professional workforce with a majority of women.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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