Reed Vesey

Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Daniel Myers, John Wassom, Thomas Wisley

Degree Program

Department of Economics

Degree Type

Master of Arts


This thesis examines wage differentials between male and female faculty salaries at Western Kentucky University. A human capital model of salary determination is examined by using regression analysis on relevant personal and job characteristics of faculty members. A large portion of the wage gap between men and women is explained through differences in the personal and job characteristics. A portion of the wage gap remains unexplained, however, the probability of discrimination playing a substantial role in salary is very small.


Benefits and Compensation | Economics | Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Gender and Sexuality | Higher Education Administration | Human Resources Management | Industrial Organization | Labor Economics | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology | Women's Studies | Work, Economy and Organizations