Debra A. Barbezat

Mitchell Family Professor of Economics (Retired)

Box 5239

Phone: 207-859-5239
Fax: 207-859-5229
Mailing Address:
5239 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8852
Barbezat, Debra A.

Areas of Expertise

  • Discrimination in higher education, gender-based pay discrepancies
  • Economics of labor unions
  • Health economics

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
EC133Microeconomics Principles
EC134Macroeconomic Principles
EC254The Economics of Women Men and Work
EC355Labor Market Economics

Current Research

Labor Economics
Economics of Education
Stabilization Policy


"Salary Differentials by Sex in the Academic Labor Market," The Journal of Human Resources, Vol.22, Number 3, Summer 1987
"Affirmative Action in Higher Education: Have Two Decades Altered Salary Differentials by Sex and Race?" Research in Labor Economics, Vol. 10, 1989
"The Effect of Collective Bargaining on Academic Salaries," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 42, Number 3, April 1989
"Sex Discrimination in Labor Markets: The Role of Statistical Evidence: Comment," (with James Hughes), American Economic Review, Volume 80, Number 1, March 1990
"Updating Estimates of Male-Female Salary Differentials in the Academic Labor Market," Economics Letters, Vol. 36, Number 2, June 1991
"The Market for New Ph.D. Economists," Journal of Economic Education, Vol. 23, Number 3, Summer 1992
Occupational Segmentation by Sex in the World, International Labour Office, Equality for Women in Employment Series, Geneva, 1994
"Do Faculty Salaries Rise with Job Seniority?" (with Michael Donihue), Economics Letters, 58, 1998
"The Effect of Job Mobility on Academic Salaries," (with James Hughes), Contemporary Economic Policy, October 2001
"Occupational Segregation Around the World," in Economics of Gender and the Family, Ed. Karine Moe, Blackwell Publishers, 2002.
"History of Pay Equity Studies," in R. Toutkoushian (ed.), Conducting Salary-Equity Studies: Alternative Approaches to Research, New Directions for Institutional Research Series, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco CA, Number 115, Fall 2002, pp.9-40.
"From Here to Seniority: The Effect of Experience and Job Tenure on Faculty Salaries," in R. Toutkoushian (ed.), Unresolved Issues in Salary-Equity Studies, New Directions for Institutional Research Series, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco CA, Number 117, June 2003, pp.21-47.
"Revisiting the Seniority Wage Effect for Faculty," Economics Letters , 82, February 2004
"A Loyalty Tax? Measuring Academic Salary Compression," Forthcoming, December 2004, Research in Higher Education
"Salary Structure Effects and the Gender Pay Gap in Academia," (with James Hughes), Forthcoming, August 2005, Research in Higher Education
"Gender Differences in Research Productivity: From Graduate School through Early Career," Forthcoming, Journal of Economic Education


Ph.D., The University of Michigan (Economics) 1985
B.A., Smith College (Economics) 1979

Current Project

A study of gender differences in career paths among Ph.D. economists. *Currently working on "Gender Differences in Career Development: A Cohort Study of Economists," which is available on the Social Science Research Network.


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