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    there's sort of an argument for pay differentials based on field, but it almost invariably turns into de facto discrimination because of the gender split in the faculty.

    Just about any university in the country could have an overwhelming surplus of applicants for tenure-track positions in the humanities even if they paid minimum wage - heck, they could probably pay $1.90 and tell professors to collect tips for lectures - just because so many people desperately want and are qualified for the positions and many don't have opportunities in the private sector that they find intellectually fulfilling.

    On the other hand, in law, physics, or engineering, there's some question whether the would-be professors would choose to work in private industry instead, even with tenure dangled as an incentive, if they weren't paid enough to sustain at least the lifestyle of a postdoc.

    Guess which group is predominantly female and which is predominantly male.

    Math Kos runs Saturdays at midday-ish.

    by kyril on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 09:32:32 PM PST

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