Central bankers come out on top in cost-benefit analysis
Bankers worried about losing their bonuses might be well advised to consider a cost-benefit analysis of the contribution of their public sector colleagues.
Central bankers not only earn much less than their high-flying private sector counterparts, but over the last year have spent almost every second weekend in high-level, save-the-world meetings aimed at clearing up the mess created by Wall St and City banks.
European Central Bank head Jean-Claude Trichet (who earns a mere 350,000 euros a year ) confessed to a group of student journalists that he spends almost every weekend working.
“My week often consists of seven working days, because we always have international meetings during the weekends,” he was quoted as saying by Germany’s Frankfurter Neue Presse.
One of the proposals: supervisors should make sure banks ”limit excessive dividend payments, share buybacks and compensation.”