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Working paper

Ways To Succeed At Different Types Of Universities

The Russian academic sector can be characterized by university differentiation, which leads to differentiation of their goals and priorities. Governmental policies have stimulated the formation of a group of leading research universities. Different aims of universities mean there are different incentives for faculty. This paper estimates the “success” of Russian faculty in contemporary conditions. We measure success as the difference between an individual’s wage and the average university wage. We find that research-oriented universities pay great attention to the top journals, while for teaching-oriented universities journal rankings are of less importance – they need journals to be foreign. Time spent on teaching is not significant in teaching-oriented universities, while in research-oriented universities it is. Comparing the success of faculty in case they changed university shows that people from research-oriented universities could be more successful at teaching-oriented universities than their colleagues, while faculty of teaching-oriented universities would not be attractive employees for research-oriented universities