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Internal Markets for Department Chairs: Comparative Advantage, Life-Cycle, and Jury Duty

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  • WILLIAM J. MOORE
  • ROBERT J. NEWMAN
  • GEOFFREY K. TURNBULL

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We examine the internal market for department chairs in U.S. universities and provide the first empirical evidence concerning the determinants of departmental chair service using data from the economics departments in eight large public universities. The results reveal the wage premium for chairs increases with length of service and continues for an extended period thereafter. The chair premium largely represents compensation for foregone research and the attendant atrophy of research skills. The empirical results also indicate that departments tend to choose productive scholars to serve as chair, but avoid putting their most productive scholars in that position unless they are past their peak productivity period in their life-cycle.

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  • William J. Moore & Robert J. Newman & Geoffrey K. Turnbull, 2003. "Internal Markets for Department Chairs: Comparative Advantage, Life-Cycle, and Jury Duty," Journal of Labor Research, Transaction Publishers, vol. 24(4), pages 669-682, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:tra:jlabre:v:24:y:2003:i:4:p:669-682
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    1. Singell, Larry D. & Tang, Hui-Hsuan, 2013. "Pomp and circumstance: University presidents and the role of human capital in determining who leads U.S. research institutions," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 219-233.
    2. Amanda H. Goodall & John M. McDowell & Larry D. Singell, 2017. "Do Economics Departments Improve after They Appoint a Top Scholar as Chairperson?," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 70(4), pages 546-564, November.
    3. Goodall, Amanda H. & McDowell, John M. & Singell, Larry D., 2014. "Leadership and the Research Productivity of University Departments," IZA Discussion Papers 7903, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).

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