How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang

5 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2014

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Alexandre Afonso

Leiden University; King's College London - Department of Political Economy

Date Written: March 11, 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Afonso, Alexandre and Afonso, Alexandre, How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang (March 11, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2407748 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2407748

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