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Bankers and their bonuses

Bell, Brian and Van Reenen, John ORCID: 0000-0001-9153-2907 (2014) Bankers and their bonuses. The Economic Journal, 124 (574). F1-F21. ISSN 0013-0133

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Identification Number: 10.1111/ecoj.12101


We analyse the role of financial sector workers in the huge rise of the share of earnings going to those at the very top of the pay distribution in the UK. Rising bankers' bonuses accounted for two-thirds of the increase in the share of the top 1% after 1999. Surprisingly, bankers' share of earnings showed no decline between the peak of the financial boom in 2007 and 2011, three years after the global crisis began. Nor did bankers' relative employment position deteriorate over this period. We discuss proposed policy responses such as transparency, bonus 'clawbacks', numerical bonus targets and tax.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors, published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Royal Economic Society
Divisions: Economics
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2014 08:54
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2024 02:51
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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