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Representation and Salary Gaps by Race/Ethnicity and Gender at Selective Public Universities

Diyi Li and Cory Koedel
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Diyi Li: University of Missouri

No 2016-13, Working Papers from Department of Economics, University of Missouri

Abstract: We use data from the 2015-16 academic year to document faculty representation and wage gaps by race/ethnicity and gender in six fields at 40 selective, public universities. Consistent with widely available information, black, Hispanic, and female professors are underrepresented and white and Asian professors are overrepresented in our data. We show that disadvantaged-minority and female underrepresentation is driven predominantly by underrepresentation in STEM fields. A comparison of senior and junior faculty suggests a trend toward greater diversity in academia along racial/ethnic and gender lines, especially in STEM fields, because younger faculty are more diverse. However, black faculty are an exception; there is little indication that their representation is improving among young faculty. We decompose racial/ethnic and gender wage gaps and show that three observed factors account for most or all of the gaps: academic field, experience, and research productivity. We find no evidence of wage premiums for individuals who improve racial/ethnic and gender diversity, although for black faculty we cannot rule out a modest premium..

Keywords: faculty diversity; faculty wage gaps; race wage gaps; gender wage gaps; stem faculty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 J10 J30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem and nep-lab
Date: 2016-10, Revised 2017-04
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