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A Tale of Two Tracks

Muhammad Asali ()

Working Papers from International School of Economics at TSU, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia

Abstract: We provide a simple framework that helps explore the need for contingent (teaching)jobs in academia alongside the usual tenured-professorship positions. It also explains the coexistence of these two types of jobs in research universities as an equilibrium phe-nomenon. Imprecisions in the academic editorial process, combined with the increasing difficulty of producing academic research, is suggested as a possible explanation for the recent increasing trend in the share of non-tenure-track teaching jobs in academia as well as the widening wage gap between tenured-professors and teaching faculty. Alter-native interpretations are explored.

Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2019
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