Publication Date

December 2004


A number of existing studies have examined the determinants of private university presidents' compensation, but none have estimated the recent earnings differential between public and private university presidents. This paper fills this void and estimates that public university presidents earn approximately 50 percent less than observably comparable private university presidents. This salary discount is robust to controls for institutional size, quality, wealth, individual characteristics of the office holder, and estimation technique.


Suggested Citation
Monks, J. (2004) Public versus private university presidents pay levels and structure (CHERI Working Paper #58). Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, ILR School site:

Required Publisher Statement
Published by the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, Cornell University.