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Do Norwegian academics who publish more earn higher salaries?


  • Frode Eika Sandnes

    () (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
    Westerdals Oslo School of Art, Communication and Technology)


Abstract This study correlated salary data with publication data for the academic employees of one of the largest HEIs in Norway. The results show that overall there was a weak correlation between publication output and salary. Both salary and publication output varied across ranks (low, mid, top). Apart from associate and full professors, there were no significant correlations between how productive an academic is and what an academic earns among the different groups. In fact, when comparing non-publishing and publishing low-rank contract researchers, the results show that publishing researchers earned significantly less than what their non-publishing colleagues did. A weak correlation between high-quality publications and salary was found among associate professors only. However, no significant differences in salaries were observed for academics with high-quality publications compared to those with ordinary publications. Overall, the results suggest that publication performance was not used to set salaries among academic groups with few research responsibilities.

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  • Frode Eika Sandnes, 2018. "Do Norwegian academics who publish more earn higher salaries?," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 115(1), pages 263-281, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:scient:v:115:y:2018:i:1:d:10.1007_s11192-018-2639-4
    DOI: 10.1007/s11192-018-2639-4

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    Salary; Publication output; Academic rank; Higher education institution; Contract researcher; Practical pedagogical career path;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy


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