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This research is the product of a joint effort of the Laboratory for Institutional Analysis (LIA) from the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow, Russia, and the Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) in the United States in collaboration with experts from 28 countries around the world. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used to explore the complex topic of academic remuneration with a comparative perspective.


This study is unique in several ways:

1. It covered 28 countries that represent different economic conditions and cultural traditions, making this study the most extensive comparative study on academic salaries to date.

2. For each participating country, local experts prepared a report with information about the higher education system and conditions shaping the academic profession. This information provided context for the data and underscored the multiple challenges and limitations of the study.

3. Quantitative information about gross salaries was standardized using a Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) rate and then compared across countries.


“Paying the Professoriate: A Global Comparison of Compensation and Contracts” is the title of the book published by Routledge that presents the findings of the project. It includes three analysis chapters and the 28 country reports.

The website contains information about the project, the conference on Academic Salaries held in Moscow, previous publications on international comparisons of academic salaries, links to media coverage on the publication of “Paying the Professoriate,” and empirical data retrieved from the study that complements the information included in the book.


Press about us

23 Mar 2012

March, 22 was a day full of publications. Four resources published their reviews of our study. Please find the links here

Press about us

1 Mar 2012

Our book is going to be published soon (April, 26) and results of our research project begin to appear in press.
First publication is in German 'Der Spiegel' (8/2012). German supreme court, Bundesverfassungsgericht, asks the German states to pay its professors a higher salary, which is the topic of the article (see in German). Colleagues from Spiegel used our 'Academic Salaries' diagram to illustrate Global Trend and Germany place on it (see in pdf format).


9 Nov 2010

Philip Altbach, Director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, during his stay in Moscow in October 2010 gave an interview to TV channel 'Russia Today'. He answered the questions concerning Russian educational system, whether the claims to question the efficiency of the most used university ranking systems, finding some of them rather subjective are justified or not and why not invent the rating that would suit all? rt.com