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Faculty Salaries and Alternative Forms of Representation


  • Felice Martinello

    () (Department of Economics, Brock University)


The effects of different forms of collective representation (unions and special plans with and without binding arbitration) on faculty salaries are estimated for Ontario universities, 1970-2004. Compared to status-less faculty associations, unions had virtually no effect while special plans without binding arbitration led to lower salaries. Special plans with binding arbitration yielded higher salaries. The data also show severe compression and inversion in the age-salary profiles in the 2000s and large decreases in the salary differentials between full and associate professors. Average salaries were lower the higher the proportions of women faculty in the 1970s, but the effect dissipated and even reversed itself by the end of the sample. Finally, faculty salaries responded to the cost of living in the university’s city and faculty salaries were higher, on average, in universities with higher average research productivity.

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  • Felice Martinello, 2007. "Faculty Salaries and Alternative Forms of Representation," Working Papers 0701, Brock University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:brk:wpaper:0701

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    1. Daniel I. Rees & Pradeep Kumar & Dorothy W. Fisher, 1995. "The Salary Effect of Faculty Unionism in Canada," ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 48(3), pages 441-451, April.
    2. Debra A. Barbezat, 1989. "The Effect of Collective Bargaining on Salaries in Higher Education," ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 42(3), pages 443-455, April.
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    faculty salaries; unions; salary compression and inversion;

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    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J44 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Professional Labor Markets and Occupations
    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects

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