Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 18 No. 2 (Spring 2004)


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Prospects in the Academic Labor Market for Economists

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Ehrenberg, Ronald G. 2004. "Prospects in the Academic Labor Market for Economists." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 18(2): 227-238.

DOI: 10.1257/0895330041371312


This paper discussed what the academic labor market for economists is likely to look like in the years ahead. After tracing out trends in PhD production of new economists, including the increasing share of new PhDs who are foreign residents, it presents new evidence on the growing use of part-time and full-time non tenure-track faculty in U.S. economics departments, the growing salary differentials between economists employed at private and public doctoral universities, and how economists' salaries have changed relative to those of faculty in other disciplines.

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