Publication Date

September 2003


From the late 1980s to the late 1990s, U.S. college and university faculty experienced increasing earnings inequality. This rising dispersion in earnings is the result of both increasing earnings inequality between institutions, even within sectors of higher education, and within institutions, even conditional on rank, tenure status, demographic characteristics, and field of specialization. Existing studies that only examined between institution differences in average earnings underestimate both the level and increase in earnings inequality.


Suggested Citation
Monks, J. (2003) Increasing earnings inequality in faculty labor markets (CHERI Working Paper #40). Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, ILR School site:

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Published by the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, Cornell University.