ERIC Number: ED373649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May-31
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Issues in Choosing a Strategy for Achieving Salary Equity. AIR 1994 Annual Forum Paper.
Toutkoushian, Robert K.
This paper examines issues involved in selecting a strategy that could be carried out by institutions to achieve salary equity between male and female faculty. It compares potential strategies based on equity of salary adjustments, political constraints, cost to the institution, and whether the plan removes inequities. Steps in determining evidence of sex discrimination in faculty salaries involve deciding what characteristics institutions may legitimately use in setting salaries, specifying an earnings equation, and measuring the unexplained salary differential through a single-equation model or multiple-equation model. Salary adjustment can then be based on what each female would receive in the absence of discrimination, and what each female currently receives due to discrimination. The institution can then remove any observed unexplained salary differentials via across the board methods, case by case methods, or a combination of the two methods. Criteria in devising a salary adjustment plan include: equity, political feasibility, effectiveness in solving the problem, and cost. Data on 1252 male and 267 female faculty at the University of Minnesota are used to illustrate how these criteria might influence an institution's choice of a salary adjustment plan. (Contains 19 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
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Identifiers: AIR Forum; University of Minnesota
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (34th, New Orleans, LA, May 29-June 1, 1994).