UK Vice Chancellor Compensation: Do They Get What They Deserve?
36 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2020 Last revised: 24 May 2022
Date Written: January 9, 2020
The compensation received by UK Vice Chancellors (VCs) has been on an upward trend in re- cent years and attracted a lot of negative media attention. In this paper, we examine whether VC compensation is excessive. Using a panel dataset covering the academic years 2007/2008 to 2016/2017, we develop a model to predict expected VC compensation to determine whether VCs are over- or undercompensated. Our model finds that VCs are not overcompensated regarding their base salary, but some are overcompensated in terms of their benefits and pension contributions. However, there is very little difference in terms of characteristics of over- and undercompensated VCs, indicating that on average, UK VCs receive the compensation they deserve. For robustness purposes, we employ a variety of alternative model specifications and subsamples which all support our findings.
Keywords: Vice Chancellors, Compensation, Pay Gap, Performance
JEL Classification: G30, J16, J30
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