35 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2017
Date Written: March 23, 2017
The cost of higher education in the United States has risen dramatically in recent years. Numerous explanations have been provided to explain this increase. This paper focuses on one contributing factor: The dramatic growth in the size and expense of non-academic administrators and other university bureaucrats, which has outpaced the growth of expenditures on academic programs. Given that university faculty are typically viewed as the constituency that primarily controls universities, this growth of non-academic employees and expenses appears to be anomalous. Some theories are provided to explain this transition.
Keywords: Academic Bureaucracy, Administrative Bloat, Higher Education, Non-Profit, University Governance
JEL Classification: I2, I20, I22, I23
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Zywicki, Todd J. and Koopman, Christopher, The Changing of the Guard: The Political Economy of Administrative Bloat in American Higher Education (March 23, 2017). George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 17-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2939915