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Do Public Ph.D.-Granting Economics Departments Invert Salaries?

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  • Christiana Hilmer

    () (San Diego State University)

  • Michael Hilmer

    () (San Diego State University)

Abstract

This study analyzes a unique data set containing current salary and detailed job history information on a sample of 902 individuals drawn from 43 public U.S. Ph.D.-granting departments of economics. An analysis of current salaries by academic rank shows that 25% of Assistant Professors earn more that 50% of Associate Professors and 25% of Associate Professors earn more than 25% of Full Professors. Regression analysis suggests that salary inversion is most likely to exist between Associate and Assistant Professors and is more prevalent in lower ranked programs.

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  • Christiana Hilmer & Michael Hilmer, 2010. "Do Public Ph.D.-Granting Economics Departments Invert Salaries?," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 30(2), pages 924-932.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-09-00628
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    Keywords

    Salary Inversion;

    JEL classification:

    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
    • J4 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets

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