Salary Gaps in US Faculty

bmartin at utmem.edu bmartin at utmem.edu
Mon Sep 13 10:02:50 EST 1999


In article <37D41002.304B0EAD at salk.edu>, S L Forsburg
<nospamforsburg at salk.edu> wrote:

> Yes, well, none of us is surprised, but still, what is the justification
> for paying an assistant professor more because he's a man?
> 
> My theory:  they probably start at the same level, and then the men get
> larger merit increases.  The problem is that every academic is
> different--no one else has precisely the same training and experience,
> so that opens the door to subjective evaluations which will favor the
> more agressive, usually male faculty who fits the expected pattern.  I
> doubt whether it is even conscious. 

Even more surpising considering the issue of salary inversion.  As
women have moved more recently into the ranks, salaries should be
higher.

B. Martin



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