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To each according to their ability? Academic ranking and salary inequality across public colleges and universities

M. Garrett Roth and William P. McAndrew

Applied Economics Letters, 2018, vol. 25, issue 1, 34-37

Abstract: This article compares the salary structure of tenured and tenure-track faculty across schools within the university systems of North Carolina and New York. Specifically, we establish a positive relationship between school prestige and salary inequality, both overall and within specific academic ranks. This result suggests that the value to teaching is less discipline-specific than the value to research output. Marked differences in the aforementioned statistical linkage across academic ranks also confirm prior speculation that junior faculty salaries are more closely tied to academic value than senior faculty salaries.

Date: 2018
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