Journal Article

Academic top earners. Research productivity, prestige generation, and salary patterns in European universities

Marek Kwiek

in Science and Public Policy

Volume 45, issue 1, pages 1-13
Published in print February 2018 | ISSN: 0302-3427
Published online May 2017 | e-ISSN: 1471-5430 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/scipol/scx020
Academic top earners. Research productivity, prestige generation, and salary patterns in European universities

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This article examines highly paid academics—or top earners—employed across universities in ten European countries based on large-scale international survey data regarding the academic profession. It examines the relationships between salaries and academic behaviors and productivity, as well as the predictors of becoming an academic top earner. While, in the Anglo-Saxon countries, the university research mission typically pays off at an individual level, in Continental Europe, it pays off only in combination with administrative and related duties. Seeking future financial rewards solely through research does not seem to be a viable strategy in Europe, but seeking satisfaction in research through solving research puzzles is also becoming difficult, with the growing emphasis on the ‘relevance’ and ‘applicability’ of fundable research. Thus, both the traditional ‘investment motivation’ and ‘consumption motivation’ to perform research decrease, creating severe policy implications. The primary data come from 8,466 usable cases.

Keywords: academic salaries; highly paid academics; European universities; working time distribution; research productivity; predictors of academic incomes.

Journal Article.  11847 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology ; Innovation ; Technological Change; Research and Development ; Public Policy

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