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Faculty Turnover at American Colleges and Universities: Analysis of AAUP Data

Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Hirschel Kasper, Daniel I. Rees

NBER Working Paper No. 3239
Issued in January 1990
NBER Program(s):   LS

This paper uses institutional level data collected by the American Association of University Professors as part of their annual survey of faculty members' compensation to analyze faculty turnover. Analyses of aggregate data over almost a twenty-year period highlight how remarkably stable faculty retention rates have been nationwide and how little they vary across broad categories of institutions. Analyses of variations in faculty retention rates across individual institutions stress the role that faculty compensation levels play. Higher levels of compensation appear to increase retention rates for assistant and associate professors (but not for full professors) and the magnitude of this effect grows larger as one moves from institutions with graduate programs, to four-year undergraduate institutions, to two-year institutions.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w3239

Published: Economics of Education Review, Vol.10, No.2, 1991.

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