How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang
5 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2014
Date Written: March 11, 2014
Academic systems rely on the existence of a supply of “outsiders” ready to forgo wages and employment security in exchange for the prospect of uncertain security, prestige, freedom and reasonably high salaries that tenured positions entail. Drawing on data from the US, Germany and the UK, this paper looks at how the academic job market is structured in many respects like a drug gang, with an expanding mass of outsiders and a shrinking core of insiders.
Keywords: academia, labor market, higher education, universities, drug gangs
JEL Classification: I23, J01
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