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Determinants of access to academic careers in France

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  • Liliane Bonnal
  • Jean-Francois Giret

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The recruitment of young PhD graduates in the academic sector is associated with great uncertainty regarding their potential teaching and research productivity. Thus, in order to recruit the best PhD graduates for permanent positions, employers (universities or research institutions in France) select according to signals sent by the applicants in their curriculum vitae: publications, post-doc position, host research institution, etc. In our paper, we analyse the factors affecting the access duration to a permanent job in three academic fields in France, using a sample of PhDs graduated in 2001. A discrete-time model, controlling for post-doc participation, is used to analyse the main factors influencing access duration. Our main results indicate that post-doc appointments have a positive influence on the access duration to a permanent job in chemistry and life sciences and, to a lesser extent, in mathematics, physics and in the applied sciences, which is coherent with the idea that potential employers use this information as a proxy for research and teaching abilities.

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  • Liliane Bonnal & Jean-Francois Giret, 2010. "Determinants of access to academic careers in France," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(5), pages 437-458.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ecinnt:v:19:y:2010:i:5:p:437-458
    DOI: 10.1080/10438590903434851
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    1. Natalia A. Shmatko & Yurij L. Katchanov & Galina L. Volkova, 2018. "Research Careers: Conceptual Frameworks And Actual Practices," HSE Working papers WP BRP 87/STI/2018, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
    2. Bruno Brandao Fischer & Maxim Kotsemir & Dirk Meissner & Ekaterina Streltsova, 2018. "Patents For Evidence-Based Decision-Making And Smart Specialization," HSE Working papers WP BRP 86/STI/2018, National Research University Higher School of Economics.

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