Pushing Up Ivies: Institutional Prestige and the Academic Caste System

Georgetown Public Policy Review (2013)

10 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2013 Last revised: 3 Jan 2015

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Robert Oprisko

Indiana University, Center for the Study of Global Change

Kirstie Dobbs

Loyola University of Chicago

Joseph DiGrazia

Indiana University, Bloomington

Date Written: August 21, 2013

Abstract

This research explores the effects of faculty hiring and Ph.D. alma mater. We show that the Ivy League enjoys a significant benefit in placing candidates because of their inclusion in that prestigious group. By creating a metric that looks at the Institutional Ranking Difference (IRD), we also show that Ph.D. programs do not benefit by hiring academics from premier institutions. Not only do they not enjoy a benefit to rank, they also do not benefit in placing candidates in the job market.

Keywords: higher education, quantitative methods, political science, elitism

Suggested Citation

Oprisko, Robert and Dobbs, Kirstie and DiGrazia, Joseph, Pushing Up Ivies: Institutional Prestige and the Academic Caste System (August 21, 2013). Georgetown Public Policy Review (2013) , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2317992

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Kirstie Dobbs

Loyola University of Chicago ( email )

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Joseph DiGrazia

Indiana University, Bloomington ( email )

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