Ethan Rouen

Ethan Rouen

Ethan Rouen is a Ph.D. candidate in accounting at Columbia Business School. His dissertation research examines the relation between non-executive compensation and company behavior. He also is interested in how to measure the quality of the information being reported in financial statements, a subject for which he and his co-authors won a Best Paper award from the American Accounting Association. Before becoming an academic, he was a crime reporter for the New York Daily News.
Income Inequality
Executive Education

Meaningless Measures of Corporate Income Inequality are a Missed Opportunity

Among the many uncertainties facing public companies in 2017 will be figuring out how to calculate –and how investors may interpret– one of the most radical disclosures ever required, the ratio of the CEO’s compensation to that of the median employee, or the CEO pay ratio. Unlike most dictates handed...