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asked ago in Job Market - JOE by (140 points)
The JOE pricing scheme charges on a per word basis (more accurately $400 per 200 words). Many schools and, I suspect state schools specifically, face institutional constraints on what they must include in their ads. At my school, ads must be approved at the central university level and include a lot of institutional boiler-plate over which we have no discretion and there are requirements to post the ad in full. This leads to an ad of over 1,000 words and a listing fee on JOE of $2,400: around the cost of an additional fly-out. It means that this year we won't list on JOE and will instead just run with econjobmarket.org. I suspect that we are not alone in this predicament and that this issue hits more-bureaucratized state universities particularly hard. I don't see a compelling rationale for the current pricing scheme for posting a digital ad.

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answered ago by (3k points)
Given your post, may I suggest they are charging on a per word basis to maximize their revenue from their pricing scheme? Clearly most schools are more than willing to pay it. I would think the cost per post is not a linear step function of the number of words, so I can't think of anything else that would explain it.

I do think you will get significantly less # and quality of apps by only being on econjobmarket.org though. I looked at both, but when I was on the mkt I was the only person I knew who did so.  Everyone thought I was crazy to do so. I was told quote, if the job doesn't post on JOE you should not apply there. Which I would argue speaks to JOE's authority or monopoly of postings, which points straight back to my first sentence.
commented ago by (140 points)
Thanks for the response. This was a somewhat rhetorical question. Appreciate the caveats but this priced us off JOE this year, and I was hoping to make the AEA aware of this situation - it's not obvious that econspark is the forum to do so.
It is hard to believe that the same pricing scheme has been optimal for the past 25 years despite the changing competitive landscape, and despite the shift from print to an online format. My guess would be inertia that has unintended consequences that I was keen to bring to light.