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Differential Pay

The Big Idea for Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Our 21st century economy is filled with skills gaps. We tend to perceive these gaps in the STEM fields more than anywhere else, perhaps because those gaps are a particularly glaring example of America's declining competitive advantage in the global economy. 

In a free market economy, not all workers are paid equally, because everyone possesses different skills. Some skills are more scarce, and directly connected to economic growth, and therefore are much more highly valued. We have a disconnect, however, when rewards are misaligned with the value of high-skilled labor. Hence the concept of differential pay, which is a controversial idea in a range of areas, specifically education.

In today's lesson, physicist and author Lawrence Krauss argues that we ought to consider a differential pay system in education, in order to add more highly trained teachers in the STEM fields. 

Perspectives

  1. 1 She Who Can, Teaches Science. Now Show Her the Money!
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 Jagdish Bhagwati: The Free Market and Morality
    Jagdish Bhagwati
  3. 3 It’s the Prices, Stupid
    George Halvorson
  4. 4 School superintendent to Governor: Please make my school a prison
    Scott McLeod Education Recoded
 

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