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Tenure and Other Unusual Personnel Practices in Academia


Aloysius Siow


University of Toronto - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)


Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 1998

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Modern universities sell (teach) knowledge of social and scientific advances. In carrying out their objective, universities have to address three related constraints: 1) the problem of specialization as knowledge expands, 2) research obsolescence, and 3) the informational asymmetries between a university and its faculty. This paper explores how distinctive features of academia, including peer review, tenure, up or out rules, the negative seniority wage premium, the role of outside offers and the proliferation of academic journals, alleviate these constraints. The paper also studies how these issues affect the evolution of the organization of academia in North America.

JEL Classification: I2, J44

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Date posted: January 7, 1998  

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Siow, Aloysius, Tenure and Other Unusual Personnel Practices in Academia. Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 1998. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=47940

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Aloysius Siow (Contact Author)
University of Toronto - Department of Economics ( email )
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Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G7
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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Bonn, D-53072
Germany
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