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
Date Written: August 21, 2013
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
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