Re: Why does tenure exist?

2002-10-05 Thread Alypius Skinner
Don't federal and state workers effectively have tenure? Isn't it virtually impossible to fire a government worker covered by civil service in America? DBL It's hard to fire government employees, especially civil service employees, partly because we wanted to remove most of these jobs

Re: Why does tenure exist?

2002-10-05 Thread AdmrlLocke
In a message dated 10/5/02 11:10:41 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: Private employers have occasionally tried something like tenure--it has been widely aspired to in Japan since WW2 (although only the larger employers have been able to apply it in practice) and IBM was for many years famous

Re: Why does tenure exist?

2002-09-19 Thread fabio guillermo rojas
One possible explanation for tenure is that university departments are to a large degree worker managed firms. One problem with a worker David Friedman David's explanations make sense, but I'm empirically skeptical on two grounds: (1) Why is it that only educational worker managed firms

Re: Why does tenure exist?

2002-09-19 Thread david friedman
(2) I am beginning to doubt that worker managed firm describes the university. I'm not faculty (yet!) but from what I understand, the university administration has great power in the university. If they want, administrators can change standards for tenure and cut budgets and they control the

Re: Why does tenure exist?

2002-09-19 Thread AdmrlLocke
Don't federal and state workers effectively have tenure? Isn't it virtually impossible to fire a government worker covered by civil service in America? DBL

Re: Why does tenure exist?

2002-09-18 Thread William Dickens
misbehave. - - Bill Dickens William T. Dickens The Brookings Institution 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036 Phone: (202) 797-6113 FAX: (202) 797-6181 E-MAIL: [EMAIL PROTECTED] AOL IM: wtdickens [EMAIL PROTECTED] 09/18/02 01:13AM Seriously, why does tenure exist at all? I know

Re: Why does tenure exist?

2002-09-18 Thread Christopher Auld
a significant compensating wage differential if not offered Chris Auld Department of Economics University of Calgary [EMAIL PROTECTED] On Wed, 18 Sep 2002, fabio guillermo rojas wrote: Seriously, why does tenure exist at all? I know the motivations for tenure, but why isn't it competed

Re: Why does tenure exist?

2002-09-18 Thread Bryan Caplan
William Dickens wrote: Obviously the supply side of the academic labor market values this and is willing to forgo some money compensation to get it. Evidently the cost of producing this amenity for academic employers is generally less than the value to the employees so there are very few

Re: Why does tenure exist?

2002-09-18 Thread fabio guillermo rojas
raise. Government subsidies and private charity give universities the cushion they need to avoid being put out of competition by performance-oriented for-profits. Prof. Bryan Caplan While I share Bryan's skepticism, I don't buy his argument because

Re: Why does tenure exist?

2002-09-18 Thread david friedman
One possible explanation for tenure is that university departments are to a large degree worker managed firms. One problem with a worker managed firm is that the workers may spend their resources on political rent seeking--trying to make sure they are in a dominant coalition--rather than

Why does tenure exist?

2002-09-17 Thread fabio guillermo rojas
Seriously, why does tenure exist at all? I know the motivations for tenure, but why isn't it competed away somehow? I would like to know what economic process ensures its continued existence. Fabio