The Market for Academics by Christine MusselinThe Market for Academics by Christine Musselin

The Market for Academics

byChristine MusselinEditorChristine Musselin

Hardcover | November 24, 2009

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This book addresses academic labor markets in three countries: France, Germany, and the United States. The management of faculty careers is a critical issue in university autonomy, and in many countries recent reforms have increasingly addressed this area.

Musselin's exhaustive empirical research on academic job hiring practices and faculty career patterns included over 200 interviews with faculty members and administrators concerning two disciplines: history and math. Each of the countries has very different historical traditions with regard to how peers recruit their colleagues within the academy. Using what is known as an "economics of quality" comparative approach, she sheds new light on faculty worklife. The author's focus on the criteria of evaluation in academic hiring decisions is a unique contribution and one that should stimulate the current debates on higher education reforms.

Christine Musselinis Lecturer at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and Senior CNRS researcher at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations.
Title:The Market for AcademicsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:282 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.8 inPublished:November 24, 2009Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:041599683X

ISBN - 13:9780415996839

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the English Edition



1. Academic Careers: Each Country has its Own Rules 

2. Three National Labor Supply Construction Models 

3. Forming Collective Judgments 

4. Exercising Judgment to Select a Few Candidates from Among the Many 

5. Uncertainty about Quality 

6. "Pricing" Academics 

7. Career Dynamics and Models of the Academic Profession. 


Appendix: Tables A-H